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Faegre Baker Daniels provides comprehensive legal counsel to the sports and entertainment industry, including singers and songwriters, actresses and actors, artists and authors, athletes and sports organizations, and other national and international stars.

We counsel entertainment clients in contract negotiations and preparation, artist management agreements, letters of intent, music publishing and co-publishing contracts, producer agreements and private offering memoranda in connection with film financing. We also handle agreements regarding musical works, television concepts and programming, television appearances, and advertising contracts.

We work with sports and entertainment clients on marketing agreements, recording contracts, licensing, publishing deals, event sponsorships and merchandise agreements. We also assist talent and content creators and owners in protecting and leveraging their intellectual property assets, including:

  • Trademark searching, clearance and registration
  • Brand development, management and enforcement
  • Copyright registration
  • Intellectual property acquisition, licensing and transfer
  • Patent searching and registration
  • Software licensing
  • Domestic and global IP support to help clients maximize their IP investment

Our advice on industry specific strategic business development includes employment and independent contractor agreements, non-competes, severance agreements and releases. Our expertise includes developing global branding strategies and working with clients on re-branding initiatives, licensing, social media and publishing (in traditional and electronic formats). We negotiate sponsorship agreements and work on licensing and related matters for development and launch of an iPhone application.

Our lawyers also defend libel lawsuits, obtain access to government information, litigate copyright and false advertising claims, and negotiate publishing contracts. We work with news directors and reporters to reduce litigation risks arising from stories they wish to produce and counsel major corporations as to proposed advertising copy and its compliance with rules of the FTC and industry associations.



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