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, and Synchronization Licenses), 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 obtaining copyright registrations, enforcing their copyrights, and drafting and negotiating model release and license agreements. For example, Irwin IP was (or is):
Irwin IP has also represented other entities in the arts and entertainment industry, including Pacific Records. 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:
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.
Crider v. Alan Rado. Lead counsel for plaintiff obtaining consent judgment and permanent injunction preventing unauthorized use of a television commercial.
Kahns v. Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Lead counsel for plaintiff in a copyright infringement matter relating to unauthorized use of photography obtaining damages and an agreement to cease and desist.
Kim and Lupton v. Whitaker. Lead counsel for musician who was sued for trademark infringement. A C.D. Ill. Judge granted default against the musician after his previous attorneys abandoned him days before a responsive pleading was due. Irwin IP entered the case and, despite unfavorable precedent in the C.D. Ill., convinced the judge to set aside the entry of default judgment and allow the case to proceed on the merits.
Mata v. Orchard Enterprises and International Managing Rights. Lead counsel for Patrick Mata of Kommunity FK in offensive copyright infringement suit against record label and music distributor for copyright infringement based on unauthorized reproduction and distribution of several compositions and sound recordings from Kommunity FK’s album “The Vision and The Voice,” which suit was amicably resolved.
Mural Artists. Lead counsel for several mural artists seeking to have unauthorized images of their murals removed from various forms of media, including Getty Images.
Novoseletsky v. Our Film Festival, Inc. d/b/a Fandor. Lead counsel for photographer Michael Novoseletsky in an offensive copyright infringement matter against a media company that used his copyrighted photograph without permission, culminating in a favorable judgment and an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees.
Spencer Sims v. PREACH Management LLC. Lead counsel for plaintiff musician in a breach of contract dispute with previous manager which suit was amicably resolved with a favorable settlement
Zimnicki v. General Foam Plastics Corp. Lead counsel for Zimnicki in several copyright infringement matters relating to decorative Christmas light displays resulting in numerous settlements totaling over seven figures.