The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property
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The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property, is a must-have desk-side resource for legal practitioners involved in the entertainment industry – whether engaged in full time or occasional industry transactions. Executives, investors, financial advisors, and creators actively involved (or seeking to become involved) in any or all major sectors of the entertainment industry will likewise find it an indispensable reference.
The book provides a broad survey overview of Copyright, Trademark and Publicity and Privacy Law, illuminating the key intellectual property rights concerns which are the cornerstones of virtually every transaction in the entertainment industry. Detailed but accessible, EG2EL: IP seeks to aid the practitioner in navigating fundamental intellectual property rights issues in the key fields of entertainment.
Whether the reader is looking for a comprehensive introduction to any one of the key intellectual property disciplines featured, or merely a quick reference or refresher on a single intellectual property law issue which may surface in a prospective transaction, this volume is a superb one-stop reference.
The authors, Jay Shanker, Paul Supnik and Jonathan Reichmann, are highly experienced practitioners renowned for their work and acumen as legal counselors and advisors to clients ranging from independent creative artists to multinational media companies. Each brings decades of experience to their commentary, gleaned from their handling of hundreds of transactions in intellectual property and entertainment industry projects.
In addition, the companion volume, The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Dealmaking, may be purchased with EG2EL: IP as a set at the featured discounted price. EG2EL: Dealmaking addresses issues that generally arise in entertainment law contracting and the practical and ethical roles of the lawyer in industry dealmaking. Most importantly, it provides inside information on the practical aspects of how to make projects happen. Eighty-four contract forms and sample documents, provided free with the purchase of the EG2EL: Dealmaking volume, acquaint readers with major agreements used in the field. The authors analyze their key features, discuss the most effective negotiating strategies to employ, cover the most important provisions of the contracts and unlock the logic behind them.
Written not only for lawyers in the industry, but to help their clients (and prospective clients) supplement an actual consultation with a seasoned professional, these Guides will quickly prove to readers there is no better one-stop resource to be found in the marketplace.
Rich in information, broad in scope, focused on what you need to know, the volumes will repay purchasers many times over -- giving you the information and resources you need throughout the course of your professional practice or entertainment careers.
Jay Shanker is a veteran entertainment industry attorney whose practice encompasses a wide array of film, television, theater, music, live entertainment, new media, fine arts, publishing and sports industry transactions for individual and corporate clients, including both public and private companies, across the U.S. and abroad. His clients and their projects have over the years garnered prestigious international awards in every major creative media, including Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Clio nominations and awards. A graduate of Yale and the NYU School of Law, Mr. Shanker has practiced law in Los Angeles since 1981. In 2005 he relocated his practice to his native Oklahoma City, where he now serves as a director at Crowe & Dunlevy, a national law firm based in Oklahoma City with additional offices in Tulsa and Dallas. Mr. Shanker is co-author of Entertainment Law & Business, published by Juris in 2013. He was a contributing editor for Entertainment Industry Contracts, published by Matthew Bender in 1996 and co-editor of Law and the Television of the ‘80s, published by Oceana in 1982. He has taught courses on entertainment law at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University, and has lectured on entertainment industry legal matters at UCLA, USC and the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles and New York, and for the Producers Guild of America, and the American Bar Association as well as for other leading continuing legal education forums on entertainment law topics. Mr. Shanker has served on the advisory committee of the AFI’s Third Decade Council and was a founding board member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. His achievements have earned him repeated inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television; Entertainment Law – Music). He is admitted to practice in California, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia. For more information about Jay Shanker and his firm please visit www.crowedunlevy.com
Paul Supnik, based in Beverly Hills, California, practices trademark, copyright, and entertainment law . He advises businesses in the selection and use of brand identities, protects trademarks through registration strategies, enhances value through licensing, and litigates trademark and copyright disputes. Mr. Supnik has spoken on these subjects in the United States and internationally. Industries he has represented include: Internet, apparel, cosmetic, restaurant, advertising, sporting goods, software, financial, arts, and media. As a bar association leader, Paul Supnik has served as president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, chair of both the Entertainment/IP Law and International Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar, and chair of the Los Angeles Lawyer magazine editorial board. Mr. Supnik has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of “AV” and has been selected by SuperLawyers® in the field of Intellectual Property for the years 2010 through 2013. He served as an adjunct associate professor at Southwestern Law School from 2008-2011.
Jonathan D. Reichman is a partner in the New York office of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. He has over 30 years’ experience in litigation, licensing and counseling matters in copyright, trademark, unfair competition and right of publicity law, particularly for clients in the entertainment industry. World Trademark Review 1000 recognizes him as a leader in trademark matters and notes that he has “specific expertise in protecting rights related to fictional characters” (2016). He is ranked in New York by Chambers & Partners USA in the area of “Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright” (2014, 2016-2017). In addition, he has been recognized as a leading intellectual property lawyer by New York Super Lawyers (2016-2017). He is also recognized in the area of copyright law by The US Legal 500 (2016-2017) and U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers (2015).
A major aspect of his practice involves the protection, defense, enforcement, licensing and exploitation of rights vested in fictional characters. He has handled complex issues concerning such characters and properties as Spider-Man, X-Men, Superman, Batman, Barbie, Peanuts, Strawberry Shortcake, Babar the Elephant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teletubbies, The Berenstain Bears, Inspector Gadget, Franklin The Turtle, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Mr. Bill and The Woodstock Festivals.
Mr. Reichman also represents the estates of well-known entertainers, authors and artists. He has handled copyright, right of publicity, and trademark matters for such estates as Joseph Campbell, Mary McCarthy, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Rube Goldberg, W.C. Fields and Abbott & Costello.
In 2014, he served as an advisor to the New Jersey State Senate in connection with Senate Bill No. S2212 (“The Commercial Identity Protect Act”).
For many years, he has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal. He is currently on the Advisory Board of The Licensing Journal. He has written on copyright, trademark and publicity law topics, and lectured for such organizations as The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Columbia University School of Law, Columbia University School of Fine Arts, New York Film Academy, The New School for Social Research, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Institute for International Research. He has taught entertainment licensing as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and been interviewed by such prominent media outlets as The New York Times, Dateline NBC and New York Newsday. He was a regular commentator on copyright and trademark law topics for the NPR radio program "Soundcheck." For more information about Jonathan Reichman and his firm please visit www.andrewskurth.com
Be assured this two-volume series on the practice of entertainment industry law – comprising as it does an impressively deep survey of (i) dealmaking strategies, custom and practice and (ii) intellectual property law and other formal legal essentials, is a magnificent assemblage that can benefit anyone engaged in the industry, from neophyte to seasoned entertainment professional. Read what you care about in these volumes, in any order and level of depth you please, and you can’t go wrong. Treat these books as the basis of a mini-course in entertainment law and deal-making, or use them as a frequent reference source to get a handle on some or all of the wide range of entertainment law subjects covered here – most of which I assure you will arise on a recurring basis in your professional practice or careers in Entertainment.
– Peter Dekom
, noted attorney, author, lecturer and founding partner of Pollock Bloom, Dekom, (Los Angeles); clients have included George Lucas, Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, Andy Davis, Sears and JVC; former Board Member of Imagine Entertainment.
Many complicated intellectual property law issues of concern to entertainment industry clientele (and more) are masterfully addressed in the Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property
. Having spent my legal career tackling many of the topics addressed by these volumes, I can’t think of a more comprehensive Entertainment Industry legal reference to keep within reach of my desk – or yours.
– Michael Sinder,
New York Theater Attorney, former Director of Business affairs for Frankel Green Theatrical Management, and Wm. Morris agentThe Essential Guide to Entertainment Law
is just that – and is worth its weight in gold.
, Film Educator and a Producer of Godfather II, Apocalyse Now
, and The Outsiders
.. .so well-written and so full of practical insights and useful tips that even after my own 30 years in the business, I find it exceptionally enlightening and engaging. I can only imagine how incredibly helpful it'll be for anyone at the beginning of an entertainment career or looking to break into this area.
– Marla Levine
, General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs Revolution Studios, Co-Producer: XXX3 –The Return of Xander Cage
I am a mediator and arbitrator in the entertainment industry (following a long career as an entertainment attorney and studio/network business affairs executive). Having a thorough understanding of both basic law and deal-making custom and practice in this industry is essential to my work. The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law
delivers on both – and I suspect that if more lawyers, executives, entrepreneurs and artists in the entertainment industry familiarized themselves with EG2EL
before entering into their contracts, it could lighten my case load.
– Fred Kuperberg
, Managing Partner, Schuyler Road Advisors, and former EVP and General Counsel, Disney/ABC Cable Networks GroupEG2EL
is a thorough and engagingly readable guide for current or future legal practitioners and executives alike...or anyone interested in the intricacies of motion picture distribution agreements. – Adam Platnick
, former President New Regency Productions and Mandalay Pictures