SC Music Law and Intellectual Property Attorneys in Myrtle Beach
The SC intellectual property (IP) law and entertainment law attorneys at Axelrod and Associates offer a wide range of legal services for clients in the music, publishing, and media industries.
Even if you are not a record label, artist, or media outlet, there are often intellectual property issues that can profoundly affect your business if they are not handled properly. Your attorney will help you to register and protect your trademarks and other intellectual property with the goal of avoiding future litigation.
On the other hand, your IP attorney will also fight to secure and protect your intellectual property, defend you against lawsuits, or file lawsuits on your behalf. Issues that commonly arise include:
- Copyright and trademark infringement;
- Libel and defamation claims;
- First amendment issues;
- Litigation caused by poorly drafted or non-existent contracts;
- Marketing or advertising issues;
- Fraudulent transactions or theft; and
- Other music, media, or IP-related disputes.
SC Music Law and Entertainment Law Attorneys in Myrtle Beach
Whether you are a brand-new indie artist publishing your music for the first time or an established record label, you probably know that the music industry is full of legal pitfalls that can damage an otherwise successful business or career.
The SC entertainment law services that we provide include contract negotiations and drafting, trademark and copyright registration, and obtaining licenses. We offer representation to brand new artists, established musicians, record labels, producers, publishers, and promoters.
If you are a musician stepping into the world of recording, publishing, or performing music for the first time, your SC music law attorney will help you to register your copyrights and trademarks, obtain mechanical licenses, and negotiate contracts with labels, publishers, or venues that protect you.
Contract Negotiation and Drafting for Artists
No matter what your role is in the entertainment industry, you must take an active role in negotiating and drafting your contracts unless you want to lose money.
Contracts and agreements that your attorney should negotiate for you include:
- Recording contracts between an artist and record label or studio;
- Producer – artist contracts;
- Promoter – artist or promoter – label contracts;
- Studio contracts with recording, mixing, or mastering engineers;
- Booking and venue contracts;
- Distribution contracts;
- Manager – artist contracts;
- Mechanical licenses, master licenses, or synchronization licenses; and
- Collaboration agreements between artists.
Business Formation for Artists – LLC’s, Corporations, and Partnerships
Whether you are a musician, artist, promoter, label, or studio, choosing the right type of business entity is critical to your business’ longevity and profitability and can have a significant impact on your tax liability and your personal liability if you are sued.
Be sure that you choose the right type of business structure and that it is set up properly which may include operating agreements or partnership agreements, by-laws, and business succession planning.
Not in the Music Industry?
Axelrod and Associate’s SC media and entertainment lawyers also offer our services to:
- Media outlets;
- Actors and television or movie studios;
- Authors and book publishers;
- Sports athletes, teams, and sponsors; and
- All types of artists.
No matter what industry you are working in, your attorney at Axelrod and Associates will help you to protect yourself and your wo rk product and to resolve any litigation that arises.
If you are making money from your endeavors or anticipate making money in the entertainment industry, you can rest assured that someone will try to take it from you. Get legal advice now, protect yourself, and do not allow others to profit from your hard work.