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Faegre Baker Daniels provides comprehensive legal counsel to the sports and entertainment industry, including recording artists, songwriters, music publishers, record producers and managers, actors and actresses, 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, songwriter agreements, 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, merchandise agreements, touring, audits, and accounting and distribution. 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
  • Royalty disputes
  • ASCAP, BMI and SESAC registration
  • Copyright infringement litigation
  • 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.

Besides the legal work we do, our consulting division — Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting — supports our sports and entertainment clients by providing strategic business and marketing advice, and obtaining federal financial support for sports and entertainment organizations and industry groups.



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