What is Work for Hire?

When you hire someone to create a video, website, article, etc. for you, you may assume that once you pay for the work, you now own it and may do with it as you like. Well, not so fast. Your rights depend on whether you have a work for hire agreement or something else. AlsoContinue reading “What is Work for Hire?”

You Can Negotiate Intellectual Property Rights

Did you know that you can negotiate intellectual property rights with your clients or contractors? Many people assume intellectual property, or IP, rights are binary — either one party holds them or the other does. They may feel backed up against a wall when they read a contract with provisions about work-for-hire, exclusivity, “perpetual throughout theContinue reading “You Can Negotiate Intellectual Property Rights”

Little Known Tips for Using Images from the Web Legally

As lawyers, we’re sensitive to the gray areas in using images from the web legally, and we want to help you protect yourself. Assuming you have a basic grasp of using online images, there are still a few best practices you should know about. This is where we get a little into the weeds, whichContinue reading “Little Known Tips for Using Images from the Web Legally”

A Quick Guide to Using Images from the Web

Our knee-jerk reaction to the question of using images from the internet is to say, “No! Don’t do that!” We lawyers have a way of jumping to the worst-case scenario. The reality, we know, is that using free images found online feels like the most ordinary thing in the world. When content is king butContinue reading “A Quick Guide to Using Images from the Web”

Social Media Influencers Are Here to Stay

If you want to become one of them, don’t overlook the legal risks  So you’ve noticed your social media channel is taking off. Your Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube or another account is receiving hundreds, or even thousands, of “likes” or views, and your online following is blossoming.  And not only that, but a few businessesContinue reading “Social Media Influencers Are Here to Stay”

Life Rights: Should You or Shouldn’t You Seek Them?

It’s a tricky question for independent filmmakers. Asking for forgiveness could be better than asking for permission. Here’s some guidance on which way to go. So you work in the film industry and you come across a person’s real-life story that simply beckons your creative energies. Indeed, this person’s life is absolutely calling you. YouContinue reading “Life Rights: Should You or Shouldn’t You Seek Them?”

To Form an LLC or Not to Form an LLC

Here are some financial and other real-world reasons why your new creative arts venture should operate through a separate business entity. So you’ve just formed a new creative arts team with a small band of talented, inventive souls, and you have a magical project in mind that you’re certain has marketplace potential. You’re now lookingContinue reading “To Form an LLC or Not to Form an LLC”