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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Address College Athlete Compensation for Use of their Right of Publicity in Tennessean Op-Ed

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Stephen Zralek and William "Paz" Haynes, III recently wrote an Op-Ed for The Tennessean discussing how college athletes are wrongly blocked from compensation for their use of their right of publicity. The article explores two bills that have been proposed in the state legislature that address this issue.

“One bill is a step in the right direction, one may inadvertently limit student-athletes’ rights, and neither goes far enough,” they said in the article.  They explain how this legislation “could help attract elite student athletes to Tennessee, which would benefit our state as a whole.”  Strengthening the right of publicity for college athletes would indirectly also strengthen it for musicians and other celebrities who live and work in Tennessee.

Zralek has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial litigator and focuses his practice on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Zralek is a frequent speaker and author on issues in intellectual property litigation, including the right of publicity, and litigating before the Tennessee Business Court

Haynes is a veteran attorney with experience in labor and employment law, administrative law, health care law, and commercial and civil litigation. In 2017, Haynes was appointed to the board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, and he currently serves as board chairman.

To read the article, visit The Tennessean’s website

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Bone Law Attorneys Selected to Nashville’s Best of the Bar list

We are honored to share that three of our attorneys have been selected to Nashville’s Best of the Bar list, published by the Nashville Business Journal.

The publication took nominations from the public for two months. Eligible nominees then participated in private voting, allowing the nominees to vote on each other. This process is designed to find out which nominees truly are the best of the bar, according to their peers. Our own Best of the Bar lawyers are:

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BoneLaw’s Stephen Zralek to speak on Recent United States Supreme Court Trademark and Copyright Cases

On May 19th BoneLaw attorney, Stephen Zralek, will participate in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2017 Entertainment & Sports Forum. Zralek is among a distinguished group of speakers for an afternoon discussion of some of the most cutting edge legal issues in the music and entertainment industry today.

Stephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonStephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonZralek will take a fresh look at two active cases pending before the United States Supreme Court, Lee v. Tam, the trademark case involving the constitutionality of the disparagement clause under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, and Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., the copyright infringement case involving whether certain designs on cheerleading uniforms are eligible for copyright protection, and discuss the far-reaching implications that the Court’s holding in both cases could have on the entertainment industry.

This panel will also briefly explore the constantly-shifting topic of copyright fair use and whether, and to what extent, Supreme Court review might provide much-needed guidance on this murky area of the law. This panel will highlight the recent Sixth and Ninth Circuit split involving sound recording sampling and discuss the likelihood of Supreme Court review and potential outcomes in light of the current state and composition of the Court.

To find out more on the event and to register to attend, please click this link.

Bonelaw Clients Rack Up Awards from International Bluegrass Music Association

Congratulations to several Bone McAllester Norton Entertainment Law clients, who took home awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association last night. Bluegrass Underground won Event of the Year; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen won Instrumental Group of the Year; Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscomb won Recorded Event of the Year; and Music City Roots’ own Ashlee-Jean Trott was the recipient of a Momentum Award.

Read more about the awards here.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Josh Mirenda Signed to Warner/Chappell Music and Cornman Music

Congratulations to country singer-songwriter Josh Mirenda, who was signed to Warner/Chappell Music and Cornman Music this week. The Nashville native now has a worldwide co-publishing deal.

Bone McAllester Norton entertainment attorney Stephanie R. Taylor represents Mirenda.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephanie Taylor Discussed Independent Record Deals at the Americana Music Festival

Nashville entertainment attorney Stephanie R. Taylor, head of Bone McAllester Norton’s entertainment law practice, served as a panelist at last week’s Americana Music Festival’s conference. The American Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Division presented “Independent Means” for the conference, where Taylor and other panelists discussed the ins and outs of record labels for non-signed artists in genres like Americana, Roots, Alt-Country and Bluegrass. Taylor specifically highlighted common pitfalls found in record deals, shedding light on  how attorneys can help these artists avoid them.

The event was approved for CLE credit.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Music Without Borders by Stephanie Taylor

By Stephanie R. Taylor, Esq. with the assistance of Katie Garro McCain, Esq.
*This article first ran in the August 2014 Nashville Bar Journal

I grew up on a small, picturesque farm in rural South Dakota.  I loved all types of music, and as an aspiring fiddle player and violinist, I was always looking for musical inspiration.  Needless to say, large music tours didn’t typically route through my hometown.  As a result, radio was my only means of musical discovery.

In recent years, technology has opened doors to musical discovery in a variety of ways.  One significant change is that music fans are able to stream live audiovisual performances of concerts from their home computer or mobile device and view those concerts from nearly anywhere in the world.  Streaming technology has made it possible for artists and venues to access and connect with music fans throughout the world in an authentic way.  This technology is used locally by Music City Roots and has been embraced by brands as prominent as the Metropolitan Opera.  These venues are now able to connect with fans at an international level while building their brands. While this technology will never replace the live concert experience, it will undoubtedly connect music fans to artists and venues in a way that was previously not possible.  Of course, with the advent of technology comes the challenge of complying with copyright law.  This article analyzes the copyright law issues that impact the various individuals and companies whose rights are impacted by streaming technology.

Copyright Basics

In order to understand the rights impacted by live video streaming of concerts, it is important to begin with an overview of copyright law as it relates to the applicable rightsholders.

1. The Musical Work Copyright

In every recording of music, there are two separate and distinct copyrights involved.  The first is the “musical work” copyright.  While the U.S. Copyright Act (the “Act”) does not define “musical work,” a musical work is understood to be the musical composition or song, including the words and instrumental components of that song.[i]  The authors of musical works are the songwriters or composers.  In many instances, a musical work author transfers or assigns ownership of the musical work copyright to a third party music publisher.  In other instances, songwriters retain ownership of their musical work copyrights and become their own music publisher.

2. The Sound Recording Copyright

The second type of copyright is the “sound recording” copyright.  Sound recordings are defined in section 101 of The Act as the “work(s) that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds.”[2]  Put more simply, a sound recording is the audio recording of the underlying musical work. The authors of a sound recording are the performers whose performance is recorded.[3]  However, if the recording artist is signed to a recording agreement, the record label will own the sound recording copyright.  In some instances, recording artists may act as their own record label, retaining ownership of their sound recording copyright.

3. The Motion Picture Copyright

A third copyright exists when a concert is recorded in video format because the video producers are creating a “motion picture” which is defined in section 101 of The Act as an audiovisual work, “consisting of a series of related images…together with accompanying sounds, if any.”[4]  As a result, the video producers are the authors and owners of the motion picture copyright.[5]  If any person or entity other than the video producer wishes to own copyright in the audiovisual content (i.e. the venue, artist, or record label), then that person or entity should enter into a written work for hire agreement with the video producer prior to the live stream.[6]  The party who desires to own the motion picture copyright may also acquire those rights through a written assignment of copyright, but a work for hire agreement is typically the preferred method of ownership.

The existence of these three distinct copyrights means that there may be multiple rightsholders whenever a concert is streamed live online.  As a result, securing the necessary rights and clearances may be a challenge.

The Right to Stream a Musical Work

One of the exclusive rights held by a music publisher is the right to publicly perform the musical work. A live stream of a concert is an example of a public performance because it is a transmission of a performance to members of the public capable of receiving that communication.[7]

Most music publishers have granted the licensing rights for public performances of musical works to ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, entities known as Performance Rights Organizations or PROs.  As a result, the online streaming service must obtain a “new media” license from each of the three PROs in order to secure rights to stream live performances of the musical works online.[8]  The new media license is in addition to any licenses the venue has already obtained from the PROs for public performances of music at the venue.

Typically, when a musical work is used in timed synchronization with video images, the user must obtain an additional license from music publishers; this license is referred to as a synchronization (“synch”) license.[9]  Synch licenses can be expensive and time consuming to obtain.  This is because synch license fees are not set by statute.  Rather, synch fees are negotiated based on a variety of factors making the fees very unpredictable.  Additionally, it is possible for a single song to have multiple songwriters and multiple music publishers, resulting in many hours of negotiations.  Fortunately, as long as the video of the concert performance is streamed live, no synch licenses will be required.  However, content creators and distributors need to be aware that synch licenses will be required if they desire to make videos of the musical performances available to the public after the live stream, whether in archived form, on their website, or for sale or distribution.[10]

The Right to the Artist’s Musical Performance

In addition to clearing the musical work, rights in the musical performance and resulting sound recording must also be cleared.  If a recording artist is signed to an exclusive recording agreement, the record label will typically own the exclusive rights to any recording of the artist’s musical performances during the term of such agreement.  As a result, any person or entity that wishes to capture the live performance of the artist and stream that performance online must secure permission from the record label.  The difficulty in clearing these rights depends on the promotional value the label sees in the live stream as well as the label’s comfort with the quality of such recorded performance.  Furthermore, even if a label grants permission for the live video stream, the label may nonetheless insist on ownership of the audiovisual content captured at the concert.  This clearance process may be significantly simplified when the artist is not signed to a label because the artist can grant all rights without label approval.

If the musicians performing with the artist are independent contractors as opposed to employees or members of the artist’s group, it will be necessary to obtain a “sideman/side musician” release.  Additionally, if the sideman is signed to an exclusive recording agreement, it will be necessary to obtain a release from sideman’s record label.

Additional Rights and Clearances

In addition to the rights and clearances discussed above, there are several other rights and clearances that one must obtain.

1. Location Release

Whenever filming at a venue, one must obtain a venue/location release from the owners and lessors of the applicable venue.  This release grants the right to record at that location and distribute the images captured at that location.  While filming at the venue, it is also important to be aware that if any copyrighted materials (i.e. posters) or trademarks (i.e. logos) appear in the background, a release from the owners of those copyrights or trademarks may also be required.

2. Name and Likeness Release

Recording artists are likely able to claim a right of publicity related to the use of his or her name, photograph, and likeness for commercial purposes.  As a result, it is important to include in any artist release the right to use the artist’s name, photograph, likeness, and biographical materials for marketing, promoting and other exploitations related to the concert/live stream.

3. Audience Release

Finally, if the audience members will be shown on camera, it is important to make the audience aware that they may be filmed.  In most instances it is not possible to obtain a written release from the audience members.  Nonetheless, best practices should include providing audience members notice at the time of ticket purchase, printing that notice on the ticket, and repeating that notice verbally to the audience prior to the taping.

Industry Response to Live Streaming

As mentioned above, live streaming will never replace the live concert experience.  Furthermore, it remains a fairly expensive technology requiring a skilled and experienced audio and audiovisual team to capture and distribute the content.  Additionally, some artists and labels remain apprehensive about a live stream of their performances because of concerns that these performances might not highlight the artist in the best possible light.  Nonetheless, live streaming of concerts creates an opportunity that might not otherwise be available, including: participation of overflow audiences to sold-out shows, interested fans exploring festivals and concerts in order to decide whether to attend in the future, and, as discussed above, a new and invaluable point of music discovery.

If I were still living in South Dakota today, my opportunities to engage in music would be vastly different.  I would have access to live video footage of concerts from around the world.  My point of musical discovery could be the weekly live stream of Music City Roots, or the price of admission to watch the Metropolitan Opera at a movie theatre.  This unprecedented access to live performances will enable artists and venues to connect with fans while building their brand in an authentic way while empowering fans to experience live music with fewer economic and geographic barriers.

 

[1] Marshall Leaffer, Understanding Copyright Law §3.18 (4th ed. 2005).

[2] 17 U.S.C.A. § 101 (West 2010).

[3] Authorship rights may also extend to the producer who is involved creatively in capturing those performances.

[4] 17 U.S.C.A § 101 (West 2010).

[5] A fourth copyright exists in that there will likely be software licenses and web server licenses that must grant the rights necessary for the live stream.  This article will not undertake that analysis, but those licenses will require careful analysis prior to streaming live concerts.  That analysis should consider the rights and obligations of those distributing the content as well as the rights of the rightsholders and the individual music fans consuming the content.

[6] Section 101 of the Act sets forth the formalities of creating a copyright that will be categorized as a work made for hire.

[7] 17 U.S.C.A. § 101 (West 2010).

[8] BMI issues a license through its Digital Licensing Department, and no longer refers to it as a new media license.

[9] Donald Passman, All You Need to Know About the Music Business 241 (7th ed. 2009).

[10] Increasingly, services like YouTube are negotiating blanket synchronization licenses with music publishers, which make the licensing process simpler and more cost effective.  However, those licenses are not within the scope of this article.

 

Entertainment Attorney Loren Mulraine will Discuss Intersection of Law, Music & Entrepreneurship

Bone McAllester Norton entertainment attorney Loren E. Mulraine will be part of a discussion for “Live Law 6” on how law, music and entrepreneurship often intersect and how that has forever changed Nashville’s Music Row. The live storytelling event will also feature Harold Bradley, Alison Prestwood, Jason White, John Allen and special guests the Muddy Magnolias. The Life of the Law podcast and Pursuit Magazine are the co-hosts.

Live Law 6 will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the W.O. Smith Music School. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Loren serves as Of Counsel for Bonelaw, where he focuses his practice on entertainment law, intellectual property and business and corporate law. He is also a professor at Belmont University College of Law, where he teaches courses in Copyright Law, Entertainment Law and Media Law.

For more on the Live Law 6 event, click here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee.  Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephanie Taylor Discussed Trademarks and Copyrights to Accountants

Bone McAllester Norton intellectual property attorney Stephanie R. Taylor was the presenter to an internal meeting yesterday at KraftCPAs. Her discussion, “Understanding Copyrights and Trademarks: What is Fair Use?,” covered the basics of the law, how to acquire rights to use them and the fair use doctrine. KraftCPAs asked Stephanie to speak to their staff, who often works with those that own copyrights, including: music publishers, record labels, book publishers, authors, songwriters and visual artists. Attendees received one hour of continuing professional education credit.

Stephanie is an entertainment and music industry lawyer providing a broad range of legal services to clients involved in the creation, production and management of creative works.

Since its inception in 1958, KraftCPAs PLLC has become one of the largest, independent certified public accounting firms in Middle Tennessee. Founded by the late Joe Kraft, the firm presently has 16 members and a total staff of more than 175. With offices in Nashville, Columbia and Lebanon, the firm provides not only audit, tax and accounting but also a broad range of consulting services to meet their clients’ growing needs.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephen Zralek Selected for Leadership Nashville

Congratulations to Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek, who was chosen for Leadership Nashville’s 2014-15 program. Stephen will be among the 44-member class who will embark on a nine-month program designed to assist local community leaders in their roles as decision-makers. More than 215 people applied for the program.

Stephen focuses his Nashville law practice in intellectual property litigation, entertainment litigation and business litigation.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Adds Entertainment Attorney Loren Mulraine

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today the addition of entertainment attorney and Belmont Law professor Loren E. Mulraine. He is the law firm’s 38th attorney.

“Loren is a dynamic attorney who brings unique experience from a career based in the entertainment industry and the college classroom,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “We look forward to sharing his depth of experience with our clients and sharing our firm’s full-service expertise with Loren’s clients.”

Mulraine will serve as Of Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton, where he will focus his practice on entertainment law, intellectual property and business and corporate law. He will continue in his role at Belmont University College of Law, teaching courses in Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Media Law and Intellectual Property Law.

In the entertainment industry, Mulraine’s client roster has included Grammy, Dove and Stellar award winners; gold, platinum and multi-platinum selling artists; producers and songwriters; entrepreneurs; filmmakers; and management companies. Mulraine himself is an independent recording gospel artist and songwriter.

Prior to joining Bone McAllester Norton, his professional career spanned from an on-air radio personality and music production to serving as a government contracts attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C.  He also previously was a full professor and chair of the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, where he taught for 14 years.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and the Howard University School of Law, Mulraine is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, National Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, The Recording Academy (Grammy-voting member) and the Gospel Music Association.

For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Music City Roots Will Move to The Factory in Franklin

Bone McAllester Norton client Music City Roots will soon take up residence at The Factory in Franklin, moving from the Loveless Barn to the historic 12-building dining, retail and entertainment complex, the Tennessean reports. The news comes on the cusp of the weekly live music and radio show’s spring season. Music City Roots has called the Loveless Barn home for the past five years, and in that time, has seen the need for more space. The move to The Factory will allow show producers and fans access to two bigger spaces, accommodating up to 2,000 people.

Music City Roots’ final spring season at the Loveless Barn kicks off tomorrow and will run through June 18.

Click here to read more.
 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephanie Taylor will Serve on Metro Communications Council

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephanie R. Taylor has been appointed to serve on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television (NECAT) council through the Metro Commission. NECAT’s mission is to serve as a communications broadcast center that works to improve the quantity and quality of non-commercial programming. It was officially formed in 2010 and has a history of providing community access TV for more than 30 years.

Stephanie is an entertainment and music industry lawyer with Bonelaw, providing a broad range of legal services to clients involved in the creation, production and management of creative works.

SRT with Mayor Dean  Feb. 2014Stephanie Taylor with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephanie Taylor and Stephen Zralek Slated as Presenters in New Lipscomb University Master of Arts Program

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Stephanie R. Taylor and Stephen J. Zralek will speak on media law to students of Lipscomb University’s new Master of Arts in Film and Creative Media program. Their presentation, scheduled for September 26, will cover ownership of content, including work for hire agreements; explanation of licensing versus ownership of music; and recordings and copyright infringement. Both attorneys practice in Bonelaw’s Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law and Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law practices.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Nashville Film Festival Begins -- Good Time to Consider Legal Issues in Film

Get ready for some great films, Nashville.  Running continuously since 1969, this year's Nashville Film Festival is slated for April 18-25, 2013.  This year's Festival will also celebrate Kurdish Films, presented in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

This is also a great time to consider legal issues in film.  For film-makers, these range from obtaining clearance to use music in films to protecting your script and your work through copyright, both pre-publication and after the movie has been shown to the public; from protecting the name of your film and merchandise through trademark to obtaining permission to model characters after actual people (the "right of publicity"); and from drafting contracts to obtain financing to negotiating distribution deals.  When these issues aren't dealt with on the front end, confusion ensues, feelings get hurt, and lawsuits get filed.

For some good free resources, check out the websites of Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville and FilmNashville.  For more tailored advice, talk with your attorney or one who focuses on entertainment legal issues.

Stop by this year's Film Festival for not only a movie but also one of the panels that explore some of these specific legal issues.  Get your tickets here.

 

Music City Roots Goes Syndicated

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Music City Roots for its expansion to syndicated radio. The weekly concert and radio show is recorded live at the Loveless Barn in Nashville and will now be heard on stations from coast to coast.

For more on this, click here.

Music City Roots Goes Syndicated

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Music City Roots for its expansion to syndicated radio. The weekly concert and radio show is recorded live at the Loveless Barn in Nashville and will now be heard on stations from coast to coast.

For more on this, click here.

Congratulations to Janis Ian for her Grammy Nomination

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates singer, songwriter, musician and author Janis Ian on her GRAMMY nomination. Her ninth nomination in eight different categories, Janis’ Audible.com autobiography Society’s Child is up for Best Spoken Word. Other nominees in that category include First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Ellen Degeneres. The awards will be broadcast live this Sunday, February 10.

Congratulations to Janis Ian for her Grammy Nomination

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates singer, songwriter, musician and author Janis Ian on her GRAMMY nomination. Her ninth nomination in eight different categories, Janis’ Audible.com autobiography Society’s Child is up for Best Spoken Word. Other nominees in that category include First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Ellen Degeneres. The awards will be broadcast live this Sunday, February 10.