arts and entertainment law

In addition to its litigation practice, Irwin IP has substantial expertise advising artists and entertainers. For example, Irwin IP represents, or has represented, numerous musicians and bands in drafting and negotiating their contracts (such as Band Operating Agreements, Performance Contracts, Recording Contracts, Management Agreements), including Ali Baba’s Tahini; Bones, Jugs & Harmony; Hayward Williams; Hoo Doo Groove; Howard “Jaui” Schneider; Kommunity FK; Mushroomhead Experience; Northwest Choral Society; and Scott Wesley. Additionally, Irwin IP has represented some of the world’s most successful photographers, including Cesar Russ and Tosca Radigonda in, for example, obtaining copyright registrations, enforcing their copyrights, and drafting and negotiating model release and license agreements.

Irwin IP has also represented other entities in the arts and entertainment industry. For example, Irwin IP represented Pacific Records on its legal matters. Pacific Records has signed internationally acclaimed artists such as Lindsay Perry, Lito Romero, Men & Gods, and Sandollar. Irwin IP also advises modeling agencies and arts foundations on matters concerning operation and intellectual property protection.

Representative issues Irwin IP is experienced in taking on include:

  • Obtaining copyright registrations and assisting clients through the process so they can comfortable register their own copyrights;
  • Negotiating agreements in the arts and entertainment space, including collaboration agreements, band agreements, performance contracts, recording contracts, producer agreements, intellectual property licensing agreements, and releases; and
  • Advising clients on the risks associated with creating, releasing, and using various types of artwork.

Representative matters for Irwin IP, or its lawyers, include:

Composer v. Third Parties.  Lead counsel for prolific composer seeking to resolve ownership issues and secure rights to his musical works. Assisted composer with negotiation and drafting of settlement terms.