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New York Entertainment FAQ

What is entertainment law? 

Entertainment law generally encompasses industries involving motion pictures, television, music, publishing, and theatre. These industries have special economic and business considerations that involve nearly every area of law including copyright, trademark, trade secret, rights of privacy and publicity, securities, tax, tort, corporate law, labor law, constitutional law, international law, and so forth. The law of copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents each play a role in protecting creative rights.

The personal service agreement is a primary legal instrument in the entertainment industry. This agreement is negotiated between an artist and a company that manufactures, promotes, and distributes the artist's goods or services. The agreement often commits the artist to produce exclusively for one company for a certain period of time. Personal service agreements are often governed by statutes, and are often the subject of litigation because of the restrictions placed on the rights of artists to perform or create for other entities.

How are royalties earned and collected? 

A significant amount of income for entertainers can be acquired in the form of profits from a royalty agreement. The first step to a royalty agreement begins, for example, when a songwriter pens their original piece. From being produced in tangible form, the artist receives a copyright. The writer then may wish have their song exposed and published by a recording company. The songwriter will assign a copyright to a publisher who will market and promote the material. Those that wish to use the copyrighted material will then begin the process of establishing royalty agreements and be issued a license. The proceeds from the sales and use of the copyrighted material by anyone will then be required to pay royalties to the publisher which represents the writer selected.

Tips for Preparing New York Entertainment Forms

  1. Don’t enter into any verbal entertainment agreements. Too frequently, people in the entertainment business prefer oral agreements. Even though this type of contract is legally binding, utilizing it as your legal tool might lead to pending disputes over provisions that could be overlooked during negotiations on terms.
  2. Make sure to control the preparation process. Even if you intend to go through the New York Entertainment Forms’s content carefully before signing it, it’s preferable to make multiple reviews to get. Then, apply the needed changes to the terms and conditions along the way. By doing this, you’ll minimize the legal issues that might occur in the future, be it a entertainment contract or arts agreement.
  3. Ensure that each party of the document receives their fair share. This can be done by inviting a third-party auditing professional who can prepare an audit document. For instance, they can verify whether an artist gets the proper amount of royalties from a film’s broadcasting. Yet, to prevent auditing, make sure you include proper wording in the contract regarding all financial provisions from the outset. You will discover all the needed documents to close the deal in the entertainment industry in the US Legal Forms online database, bundled with information on how to prepare New York Entertainment Forms as well as other papers.
  4. Establish specific terms on how to put an end to the contract. Before drafting New York Entertainment Forms, all parties in the contract need to outline their expectations of how they prefer to terminate it. If you work, for example, with a third-party agent, ensure they don’t have the right to extend the agreement for you.

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