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Oregon 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 Oregon Entertainment Forms

  1. Don’t enter into any oral entertainment contracts. Too frequently, people involved in the entertainment business prefer verbal agreements. Even though this type of contract is legally binding, utilizing it as your legal tool might cause pending disputes because of clauses that could be overlooked during negotiations on terms.
  2. Make sure you control the drafting process. Even though you intend to go over the Oregon Entertainment Forms’s structure carefully before signing it, it’s preferable to make several revisions to be on the safe side. After that, make the necessary changes to the stipulations along the way. By doing this, you’ll minimize the legal issues that might occur in the future, be it a performance contract or arts agreement.
  3. Make sure that each party of the document gets their share. This can be done by inviting a third-party auditing expert who will create an audit report. For example, they can check whether an artist gets the proper number of royalties from the film’s broadcasting. However, to prevent auditing, make sure you add proper wording in the contract regarding all financial matters from the very beginning. You can get all the needed documents to sign the deal in the entertainment industry in the US Legal Forms online library, bundled with information on how to prepare Oregon Entertainment Forms as well as other files.
  4. Determine clear terms on how to end the agreement. Before preparing Oregon Entertainment Forms, all parties in the agreement need to spell out their requirements of how they prefer to terminate it. If you work, for instance, with a third-party agent, be sure they don’t have the right to extend the agreement on your behalf.

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