California Entertainment Lawyers
Entertainment Lawyers In California
The entertainment industry runs on copyrights and trademarks, with few exceptions. Profitability depends on consumers paying to enjoy the creative fruits of artistic labor such as paying to see a movie in theaters instead of watching a ripped DVD online, or buying a song from iTunes or an entire album from Amazon.com instead of downloading them from a music piracy sites. Many actors and musicians depend on and cultivate a specific reputation—if others use their image or voice without their consent, they may suffer reputational damage that harms their careers.
Work with Gary Fergus to protect your work and reputation
In California, the Right of Publicity law protects your name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness from unauthorized commercial use. The use of your image or sound—or even an imitation easily confused with the original—may violate your right of publicity, and you should work with California trademark attorney Gary Fergus to protect your rights and defend your reputation. A successful suit under the Right of Publicity law entitles you to damages such as the profit made by the party making unlawful use of your image, attorney fees and court costs, and possibly punitive damages.
Protecting copyrighted material
California entertainment lawyers must also be intellectual property experts to help their clients assert and protect their intellectual property rights. For many musicians, the digital age has been both a boon and a burden as they learn to take advantage of new media while fighting piracy and digital theft. Any of our California patent attorneys can help you take action to protect your intellectual property by doing everything from convincing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to identify offending Internet users to sending cease-and-desist letters to filing suit under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, if necessary.
Protecting your trademark and business reputation
Businesses of all sizes work hard to develop their brand and reputation. If another business uses a logo, color palette, or image confusingly similar to your own, your brand could suffer reputational damage. As a result, you may lose customers either because people mistake the competition for you, or the competition does not provide the same high-quality goods and services. In these situations, work with Gary Fergus, a qualified San Francisco intellectual property lawyer, to protect yourself from trademark infringement.
A seasoned law firm working for you
Based in San Francisco and serving all of California, Fergus, A Law Office is one of California’s most successful intellectual property law firms and provides focused, individualized attention and expertise to every client. If you work in the entertainment industry and face any intellectual property issues, please contact Gary Fergus through his website, by phone at 415-537-9030, or by visiting his conveniently located San Francisco offices to discuss your case.