LITERARY, TELEVISION, & FILM LAW

 

A key aspect of intellectual property legal practice is literary, television and film law.

Entertainment & Sports Law

The Nissenbaum Law Group has extensive experience with literary, television and film law and the unique challenges it presents. Mr. Nissenbaum has practiced in those areas of law for many years.

Laura J. 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 authors, actors, producers and other entertainers is the establishment and legal protection of the underlying artistic vision. The firm is especially mindful of this and works to protect the client’s artistic vision through careful negotiation and contract drafting, and by utilizing prevailing intellectual property laws.

The firm’s entertainment and sports practice includes the following:

  • 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;
  • 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.

Publications & Presentations

Gary D. Nissenbaum, Esq.

 

Laura J. Magedoff, Esq.

  • Augmented Reality: Gotta Protect That IP, by Gary D. Nissenbaum, Esq. and Laura J. Magedoff, Esq., Apptentive, September 22, 2016
  • Potential Legal Approaches to a Cyberbullying Case (Co-author), The Young Lawyer, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2013
  • New York County Lawyer’s Association, EMIPS Committee Comments to New York State Bar Association Report of the Privacy Task Force, Contributing Author, March 2009
  • It’s All Smoke and Mirrors: State Smoking Bans and Theatrical Performances, AACT Spotlight, November, December 2008
  • Wrongful Posting on the Internet: The Privacy You Save Could be Your Own, NJ Lawyer Magazine, April, 2008
  • Panelist, Intellectual Property Protection & Enforcement, New Jersey Bar Association Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, May 2017
  • Presented Seminar, 2014 Trademark Primer: Prosecution & Enforcement Strategies Every Attorney Should Know, NJICLE, New Brunswick, NJ, November 2013
  • Presented Seminar, Entertainment Law: A Crash Course in Representing Entertainers & Other “Personalities” for Every Attorney, NJICLE, New Brunswick, NJ, September 2013
  • Presented Seminar, Entertainment Law 101, National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, March 2013
  • Presented Seminar, Theatre and the Law, American Association of Community Theatre National Convention, New York, NY, July 2012
  • Panelist, Emerging Issues in Reality Television, Seton Hall Law School Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium, Newark, New Jersey, March 2012
  • Panelist, Empower – I Create Nothing. I Own it: A Panel about Establishing and Protecting your Intellectual Property as a Business Asset, New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners’ Annual Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 2010
  • Moderator, Engage – The most Powerful Commodity I know is Information, New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners’ Annual Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 2010
  • Panelist, Casino Law 2010: Game On!, 2010 South CLEFest, Atlantic City, NJ, August 2010
  • Presented Seminar, Protecting Your Online Image, Various 2009-Present
  • Presented Seminar, Comedy and Drama: The Legal Aspects of Community Theatre, American Association of Community Theatre National Convention, New York, NY, July 2008

 

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