Music and Entertainment
Donahue Fitzgerald represents some of the world’s most prominent artists, content creators, and their heirs, and our attorneys understand the unique challenges that creative artists face.
Our Music and Entertainment practice offers a full slate of legal and business counseling services that address the needs of artists at every stage of their careers, from emerging talent to internationally renowned acts.
Many of our entertainment clients use us as their outside counsel, helping them manage the many facets of their business. We have experience in entity formation, sophisticated business deals, acquisitions, employment matters, immigration, and tax counseling. We also help our clients manage their personal assets, such as their trusts and estate.
Licensing is at the heart of many creative businesses, and our attorneys are skilled at helping our clients realize the full value of their work. Our services include preparing and negotiating agreements with record labels, television and motion picture studios, music and book publishers, merchandisers, distributors, and a myriad of other related transactions.
Copyright and Trademark Enforcement
Our proven copyright and trademark enforcement programs help clients protect, develop, and monetize their copyrights and trademarks through registration, licensing, and enforcement. We also have extensive experience in prosecuting trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in representing clients in trademark disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in working with foreign trademark counsel to secure and protect trademark registrations overseas. We specialize in protecting artists’ rights on the Internet, whether through DMCA takedown procedures, domain name protection, negotiation, or, where necessary, litigation.
Our music clearance practice includes obtaining rights to sound recordings and musical compositions in television, movies, commercials, video games, stage productions, and all other forms of media and entertainment. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through this complex subject with clear explanations of what is required to obtain the approval of each holder of rights in the music you want to use.