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At Dickinson Wright, we believe that effective legal advocacy requires not only comprehensive knowledge of the law, but also a thorough understanding of our clients’ businesses. Our Entertainment, Sports, and Media practice provides thorough and decisive representation, achieving game-changing results for clients while protecting their creative assets and business interests.

As a full-service law firm with offices and lawyers across the U.S. and in Canada, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Nashville, Ft. Lauderdale, and Toronto, Dickinson Wright is proactive and accessible, providing practical solutions and actionable advice to clients in the entertainment, sports, and media industries in a timely and efficient manner. Working closely with lawyers in the firm’s other practice areas, we provide our entertainment, sports, and media clients representation on a wide range of disciplines, including intellectual property, gaming and hospitality, immigration, contract law, and nonprofits.

Our Team

Our entertainment, sports, and media lawyers are respected by their peers, honored by industry endorsements, and recognized through significant appointments to bar associations and the judiciary system. Many in our group have been recognized in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Chambers, and other publications for their work in the industry. But to us, the most important thing is the respect we’ve earned from our clients. We treat each client as if they were our only client, proactively sharing our business and legal acumen to solve the toughest and most complex legal issues. We are committed to providing you with excellent client service through both responsiveness and turnaround time.

Our Clients

Entertainment Clients: Our recording artist, music publishing, and record company clients have sold more than one billion units, including digital media. Our celebrity clients have world-renowned fame and indelible brand identity that translate not only into box-office and television ratings but also to product sales and world-changing nonprofit endeavors.

Sports Clients: Our sports clients include athletes and teams, as well as top-level coaches and executive staff.

Media Clients: Our media clients include worldwide developers and distributors of content, owners of intellectual property assets, and advertising and branding companies.

Our Services

Entertainment, sports, & media litigation
• Launch of new product lines
• Securing, enforcing, & licensing IP
• Licensing entertainment rights
• Endorsement & sponsorship agreements
• Clearing title for creative works
• Registration of trademarks in foreign jurisdictions

Representative Matters

–Assisted clients with the launch of new product lines by drafting non-disclosure agreements for potential business partners, work for hire agreements for contractors, terms of use and privacy policies for websites, sweepstakes, and contest rules, branding of new product lines domestically and internationally, reviewing marketing materials to ensure proper use of their intellectual property, and enforcing the clients’ intellectual property rights against others.

–Assisted various entertainment companies, including casino, nightclub, restaurant and bar owners and operators, and real estate developers and management companies in clearing title for property names, securing the rights associated with the names, licensing their intellectual property to others, and enforcing their rights against unauthorized users.

–Assisted production companies and artists in the licensing and distribution of their rights in live and recorded performances, television shows, and sporting and entertainment events by drafting production agreements, talent agreements, and rights of publicity and location releases, securing rights to perform music and other recordings at events, and registering the trademarks and copyrights embodied in the performances, shows, and events.

–Counseled talent and entertainment and sports companies regarding the licensing of their publicity rights and intellectual property to others for merchandising, endorsement, and sponsorship purposes and offering private label products and services.

–Counseled authors and other artists in clearing titles for books and other creative works.

–Assisted a network of foreign counsel to register trademarks in the European Union, Canada, Mexico, Macau, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Australia, Belize and elsewhere.

–Represented a large international sports entertainment company in numerous commercial, trademark, and copyright enforcement matters filed in state and federal courts, before the TTAB and internationally, resulting in favorable outcomes for the client.

–Identified various protectable aspects of the clients’ products, services, and concepts and in developing and managing their intellectual property portfolios.

–Resolved disputes over contested trademarks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights on the Internet.
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