Entertainment - Publishing and the Arts

Barnes & Thornburg LLP applies its knowledge of Intellectual Property law on behalf of clients in Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts, to help achieve the legal objectives of artists, sports figures, celebrities, and their agents and managers. We have also assisted publishers, media outlets, record companies, promoters and venues in a variety of legal issues.

Our experience encompasses the creation and protection of the underlying intellectual property, whether copyright, right of publicity, trade identity or patent, through promotion, exploitation and licensing, with our resources also available for enforcement. Firm lawyers have taught copyright, entertainment and related areas of law at a number of law schools.

Our copyright practice has dealt with books, periodicals and other writings, painting, photography, sculpture, films and videos, music, graphic arts, software developments, games, design, architecture, broadcast and other media and fashion products.

Our right of publicity practice has dealt with cases involving rights to use the names and likenesses of famous and noteworthy individuals including actors, sports figures, political figures and musicians, advancing our clients positions in varying ways, including the protection of certain celebrities’ names, the right of publishers and authors to use other names, and even the misuse of celebrity names in consumer fraud cases. We have also represented clients in matters involving advertising using models which implicate rights of publicity.

With regard to fine arts, our attorneys have recovered “long lost” paintings, dealt with galleries, artists and sculptors, and represented performing theater and symphony groups.

Trade identity and false advertising concerns can also arise in entertainment, publishing and arts and we apply our experience in those areas, which are closely related to trademarks. We are also familiar with the business and competitive aspects of entertainment, publishing and the arts.