Rights, Licensing and Endorsements

Years ago, photographer Carol Highsmith gifted her photographs to the Library of Congress for its public use. But, as any savvy artist should do, she retained the copyrights to her works.  It then came as a surprise when she later received a letter from a Getty affiliated entity accusing her of copyright infringement for using

Monica Bral writes:

The rights to “This Land is Your Land”, one of America’s most famous folk songs, is in dispute. The outcome of a dispute about whether the song is in the public domain could change forever how this and potentially other historic songs are used.

On June 14, 2016, Plaintiffs James Saint-Amour and

Many agreements in the entertainment industry contain morals clauses. These are provisions that provide a party with the right to terminate the agreement (and stop paying or even receive a partial refund of money already paid) in the event that any individual violates the provision. Morals clauses are especially important in endorsement agreements, because the

For many years, only major corporate entertainment companies like studios, networks and record companies had the capacity to build entertainment brands. These companies essentially had a monopoly on all mass-market distribution channels and the research on audience spending habits which allowed them to build and sustain brand loyalty. We have all watched billion-dollar empires like

For a consumer product company in today’s environment, brand exposure can be a key to success. One of the quickest ways for a young company to gain recognition is through social media and celebrity associations. Many companies have used Twitter, Instagram and their company website to post images of celebrities wearing their clothes or using