Brian Hall - January 30, 2017 - Protecting Your Trademark from Infringement, Trademark Law
Entertainment law encompasses several areas of law applicable to celebrities, athletes, actors, musicians, models and entertainers, among others. One of the most important involves intellectual property law. IP rights come in many different forms, and “stars” (aspiring or otherwise) should know their rights.
Knowing these entertainment rights will allow one to secure her intellectual property, monetize it and enforce it. Failure to do so can result in abandonment of rights. More often than not, you will be in a better position to negotiate with talent agencies and third parties if you have secured your IP and are knowledgeable about how to properly license it.
Having represented athletes (including NFL players and PGA golfers), supermodels, authors, actresses, musicians (including post-mortem on behalf of family trusts), we recognize that your unique skills and talents have enabled your career, but all too often we see an inattention to the above IP rights create difficulties as you try to create additional streams of income or seek to capitalize on your legacy. Given today’s explosion into social media and the Internet’s online world, you must be mindful of unauthorized use of your digital and media rights beyond what had traditionally been print, film, music, television or theater considerations. As a celebrity or athlete, you will attract infringers and copycats, and you should know your rights.