Legal Issues Facing Artists and Entertainers in New York

There has never been a time when it is more important for an artist, writer, publisher, producer, musician or other professional in arts or entertainment to secure the services of an experienced arts and entertainment lawyer. With the Internet making it possible to spread artistic works worldwide with the press of a button, you need the protections that copyright and trademark provide. J&G Law, LLP, effectively counsels and advises artists, publishers and producers at every stage of their business and careers. Our firm is adept at handling the legal and business issues that can become a part of every artist’s career. We help our clients make intelligent business choices and provide a foundation for continued success. Call us toll free at 866-303-9595 or contact us by e-mail to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney today. Our New York arts and entertainment law attorneys offer the following intellectual property services:

  • Agent contracts
  • Licensing
  • Publishing contracts and agreements
  • Movie, stage and play rights
  • Production agreements
  • Copyrights and trademarks
  • Setting up a corporate entity

As with every other area of practice, our firm employs a collaborative approach. Using this approach, our clients receive the benefit of working with lawyers with extensive experience in a variety of fields, including business law, taxation, intellectual property, and litigation.

Dedicated Entertainment Law Attorneys

At J&G Law, LLP, arts and entertainment law attorneys Gary M. Schuster and David B. Gubits not only represent artists, but are active in the arts community themselves. Mr. Schuster has a strong personal and professional commitment as former President, and now General Counsel, of the Orange County Arts Council. Mr. Gailey serves on the Board of Directors for the Duchess County Art Council. Mr. Gubits is on the Board of the Maverick Concerts Inc. and involved in arts organizations throughout New York. Contact us to learn more about our intellectual property services for artists and entertainers. Firm has offices in Walden and Monticello. We represent clients throughout the country.

Why You Need a New York Entertainment Law Attorney

Here are some of the many reasons why an artist, author, musician, producer or other professional in the entertainment industry should retain the services of an experienced entertainment law attorney:

  • Copyright your work
  • Apply for a loan
  • Avoid “work for hire”
  • Avoid lawsuits, defend against a lawsuit
  • Collect a debt owed on a contract
  • Hire assistants
  • Determine business expenses
  • File a lien on loaned artwork
  • File for bankruptcy
  • Get a license to use works of others
  • Lease studio space
  • License your artwork
  • Claim for damaged or stolen artwork
  • Improve ambiguous publishing or agent contracts
  • Negotiate a collaboration or commission contract
  • Negotiate an exhibition or consignment contract
  • Estate planning, reduce taxes
  • Send a cease and desist letter
  • Incorporate your business
  • Form a not-for-profit corporation

Arts & Entertainment Law Blog Archive

Read articles about trademark, copyright and intellectual property rights in the entertainment industry in Intellectual Property Resources under our resources tab and on our blog.

Our Clients

We are recognized by the clients we keep. Since we opened our doors more than 47 years ago, we have been the legal resource professionals in a broad range of arts and entertainment fields have turned to. Talk to us about your legal needs in the area of:

  • Music Recording
  • Film and cinematography
  • Video
  • Choreography and dance
  • Theater
  • Writing and publishing
  • Art and design
  • Crafts and folk Art
  • Web sites
  • Model and fashion
  • Jewelry
  • Photography

Don’t give up your rights. Your artwork, performance act or published work is your intellectual property. The arts and entertainment law group at J&G Law will help you protect your legacy. Get the facts about trademarks and copyright law. Contact us to arrange a consultation with an experienced lawyer today. J&G Law has offices in Walden and Monticello for your convenience. We provide legal advice and representation for artists, actors, musicians and entertainment professionals throughout New York.