Entertainment and Sports Law
The Nissenbaum Law Group has extensive experience with Entertainment and Sports Law and the unique challenges it presents. Mr. Nissenbaum has practiced in that area of law for many years. He is the editor of our firm's Internet Law, Media Law, Copyright and Trademark Law Blog and is also an award winning novelist . Laura Magedoff, the other principal of our firm, heads our Entertainment & Sports Law Practice Group and served as Chair of the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association in 2010. Some of the firm’s past and present attorneys have also previously worked in a variety of Entertainment and Sports-related legal departments, including: Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games of 2002, SFX Sports Group as a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and CBS News Productions/CBS EYE too Productions.
One of the most important aspects of the representation of athletes and artists is the establishment and maintenance of the individual as a "brand." The firm is especially mindful of this and works to protect the strength of the client's brand through careful negotiation and contract drafting, and by utilizing prevailing intellectual property laws.
The firm's services in this area include:
- organizational documents for musical groups;
- athlete and celebrity endorsement and appearance agreements;
- formation of independent record labels and management, production and publishing companies;
- purchase and sale of independent record labels and other entertainment entities;
- review and negotiation of recording, CD and music video production and management agreements;
- negotiation of literary and screenplay rights;
- event sponsorship agreements;
- pre-production review for television, film and print media;
- negotiation of music and branding-related clearances;
- negotiation of publishing rights related to theater productions;
- review and negotiation of television and film talent agreements;
- registration, maintenance and enforcement of copyright, trademark and other intellectual property rights, including practice before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board on behalf of singers, songwriters, bands and corporate entities;
- litigation of trademark and copyright infringement claims; and
- review and negotiation of license, assignment and royalty agreements.
Pay or Play? The Jeremy Bloom Decision and the NCAA Amateurism Rules, 13 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 673 (2003), Spring, 2003