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What We Do

The firm primarily provides legal services regarding agreements in the music and visual arts field. Included below is a list of various specific agreements that we can review, comment on, negotiate or draft on your behalf. The firm also has expertise in the other legal areas outlined below. For other legal matters not listed, we may assist you by referring you to our network of skilled practitioners.

Agreements - Music

Agents and Managers

  • Booking agent
  • Co-management
  • Management
  • Agency

Music Publishing

  • Administration
  • Composer-publisher single song and exclusive term
  • Co-publishing
  • Mechanical licences
  • Sale of music publishing catalogue
  • Sub-publishing
  • Synchronization licences

Recording

  • Deal shopping
  • Development deals
  • Distribution
  • Domestic and foreign licensing of record masters
  • Industry codes
  • Labeling, credit and notices
  • Master purchase and sale
  • Master use licence
  • Participation
  • Producer
  • Recording
  • Record production
  • Remixer

Live Performance

  • Contracts and riders
  • Sound and light agreements
  • Transportation agreements

Music for Film, Television, Video, Video Games and Multi-Media

  • Composer commissions
  • Master use and synchronization licensing
  • Music video production

Merchandising and Endorsements

  • Commercial tie-ins
  • Endorsements
  • Merchandising
  • Merchandising licences

General

  • Agreements for musicians’ services
  • Amending agreements and addenda
  • Contracts with minors
  • Guarantees
  • Indemnities
  • Musical group partnership
  • Personal service agreements
  • Promissory notes
  • Participation
  • Representation agreements
  • Review of accounting and royalty statements

Agreements - Film & Television

  • General
  • Option Agreements
  • Talent, Producer and Extras
  • Film and Theatre

Business

  • Advice for sole proprietors, partnerships and incorporations
  • Articles of amendment
  • Assistance with business plans
  • Confidentiality, trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements
  • Articles of dissolution
  • Grant funding
  • Investment agreements
  • Loan agreements
  • Name search services
  • Partnership agreements
  • Provincial and federal, business and not-for-profit, incorporations
  • Registration of sole proprietorships, partnerships and business names
  • Shareholder agreements

Copyright

  • Anonymous and pseudonymous works
  • Application of the Canadian Copyright Act
  • Assignment of copyrights
  • Audio visual recordings
  • Blank tape levies
  • Business transactions and copyrights
  • Choreographic works
  • Collages
  • Commissioned works
  • Compilations
  • Copyright collectives
  • Copyright infringement
  • Dealing with mechanical rights agencies such as the Canadian Mechanical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), The Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada, (SODRAC) and The Harry Fox Agency
  • Dealing with performing rights agencies such as the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) and Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC)
  • Deposit of works at the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa and the Library of Congress in Washington
  • Derivative works
  • Employment agreements
  • Ephemeral recordings
  • Fair dealing
  • Independent contractors
  • Internet
  • Joint works
  • Licensing of copyright
  • Master use licences
  • Mechanical licences
  • Moral rights
  • Multi-media
  • Murals
  • Musical works
  • Neighbouring rights
  • Photocopying
  • Protection of copyright
  • Public performing rights
  • Publication rights
  • Public domain
  • Registration of copyrights
  • Reproduction rights
  • Reversion of copyright
  • Sampling of music and recordings
  • SOCAN writer and publisher-membership agreements and assignment of performing rights
  • Sound recordings

Employment

  • Drafting and negotiating employment contracts
  • Wrongful dismissal

Labour

  • Dealings with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the Alliance of Canadian Radio and Television Artists (ACTRA)
  • Union by-laws, rules and regulations (national and international)

Litigious Matters

  • Breach of contract
  • Cease and desist letters
  • Contract termination
  • Demand letters
  • Dispute resolution
  • Enforcing rights and obligations under contracts
  • Enforcement and protection of copyrights and trade-marks
  • Releases
  • Settlement agreements

Personality

  • Misappropriation of personality
  • Model releases
  • Name and likeness rights

Trade-marks

  • Application of the Canadian Trade-marks Act
  • Assignment of trade-marks
  • Foreign trade-mark administration
  • Licensing of trade-marks
  • Registration of trade-marks
  • Trade-mark and trade-name searches
  • Unregistered trade-marks

Tax

  • HST registration
  • Summary tax advice
  • US tax I.D.

General

  • Independent legal advice
  • Legal opinions

Visual Arts - Agreements

  • Agreements with agents and dealers
  • Artists’ collaboration
  • Artists’ lecture
  • Bill of sale and transfer of sale
  • Community art
  • Copyright licences
  • Digital art licences
  • Exhibition loan
  • Model releases
  • Original print publication
  • Performance art
  • Photography
  • Private and public commission
  • Rental
  • Sound (video) art
  • Video art distribution

Writers

  • Author agreements
  • Book publishing agreements
 
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