Arts & Entertainment

Photo

On April 12, 2018, (Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day), the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, for which our attorney, Shirin Chahal, serves as a co-chair, hosted NYC-based attorney Raymond J. Dowd and University of Denver Professor Elizabeth Campbell for a fascinating presentation on how artwork stolen during WWII bankrolled the Nazi war machine, and legal ...

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memes

When our Intellectual Property/Arts & Entertainment team presents at one of its legal workshops (and we typically do these for various arts groups along the Front Range), sometimes we tell the story of Carlos Ramirez, the creator of the Trollface meme.

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Music

Many indie artists are confused about the difference between ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange, not to mention SoundScan, the Harry Fox Agency, and the role of their own publishing company and record label when it comes to collecting and paying money under the exploitation of their music. The problem with not understanding these concepts is that you could get taken ...

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CBCA

The Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin was proud to sponsor a table at the annual Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) Business for the Arts Awards Gala. This event was held at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and featured attorney Caroline Kert winning volunteer attorney of the year! Check out some of the photos from this great event! ...

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Tweet original

That Tweet that has been making the rounds, and maybe even gone viral, should be fair game, right? Everyone has been retweeting it, so embedding the original tweet into my website isn’t hurting anyone…riiiight? Well, not so fast. The answer may depend on where the case is heard. Katherine B. Forrest, a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of ...

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Images

I’ve noticed a recent trend with artists calling to get help resolving a contract issue. The scenario usually unfolds something like this: The Artist had been contacted by a promotor/client/other artist to help capture photos or video. There is no written agreement, other than a few texts back and forth about payment rate and when to show up to the ...

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investigation

Sometimes, things just go sideways. Despite the best intentions of your organization’s Board, Officers, staff, and key volunteers, one misstep can threaten the entire mission. Whether there are allegations of financial malfeasance, inappropriate conduct, insufficient entity formalities, or some other variant, the Board of Directors must take quick action to decide if an internal investigation is warranted. Once ...

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Certificate

It is a volunteer Board member’s worst nightmare: after dedicating hours and hours of volunteer time supporting your favorite art organization, a scary issue raises its head. If you don’t deal with the concerns, you or your organization might be sued. Is the current Board to blame? What can you do to protect yourself and your organization? It may be ...

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copyright

We get this question a lot. Artists, designers and other creative entrepreneurs are busy people! So, why should you go through the trouble of registering your copyrights and putting copyright notices on your works if, under U.S. Copyright law, you have copyright protection as soon as your work is “fixed” in a tangible medium? We understand the instinct that you ...

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film

We are watching the lawsuit between This is Spinal Tap creators, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner, and Vivendi very closely. This case revolves around issues that we always pay close attention to for our creative clients: net profit definitions, copyright termination, and work-for-hire. On October 20, 2017, Shearer, McKean and Reiner joined Guest in a Second ...

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