Intellectual Property / Entertainment

The Intellectual Property (IP) and Entertainment Law Practice Group of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. works with creative minds and creative businesses to help preserve, protect and actualize their intellectual, entertainment, and technological property. Based in the Nashville and Atlanta offices, our IP and Entertainment Law Practice Group represents artists, songwriters, producers, executives, record labels, managers, music and book publishers, filmmakers, film and television production companies/producers, and on-air personalities in their business planning and litigation matters.

The IP and Entertainment Law Practice Group is divided into a Transactional and a Litigation Section. What makes our practice group unique from other firms around the country is that our two sections and our lawyers within each section are constantly working together seamlessly to handle our clients’ intellectual property, entertainment, and technology matters. We provide a complete array of services to our clients for all their IP and Entertainment Law needs including:

  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Entertainment (including music, film, television, book, advertising and performing arts)
  • Technology
  • Assistance with Patent Prosecution and Litigation

The practice group has closed thousands of deals for intellectual property, technology, and entertainment related businesses as well as litigated many “cutting edge” issues of IP law. The IP and Entertainment Law Practice Group members speak regularly on industry panels and contribute as writers to various publications. Many are active members of the various industry societies (including NARAS, CMA, etc.), and others serve on boards of industry non-profit organizations.

Copyright (Music, Film, Software, Books, Graphic, Visual and Performing Arts)

Legal evaluation of “substantially similar” works
Litigation related to “sampled” works
Copyright filings
Recordation of assignments of copyright for catalog and asset purchases
Licensing and distribution agreements

Trademark

Trademark search opinion letters
Trademark filings
Concurrent use agreements
Trademark litigation, including state actions of dilution

Entertainment

Draft and negotiate:

  • Major label recording agreements
  • Movie and specialty productions
  • Sale of sound recording and music publishing catalogs
  • Special events contracts
  • National syndication contracts
  • Synchronization licenses
  • Book publishing agreements and book agent agreements
  • Publishing, co-publishing, and administration agreements
  • Music producer contracts
  • Artist development and speculation production agreements for artists, producers, managers and labels
  • Strategize national tours
  • Assist and oversee 01 visa and green card filings for resident alien entertainers
  • Form music and movie production companies
  • Form, merge and sell C-corps, S-corps and LLC’s related to entertainment clientele
  • Formulate Litigation on behalf of companies and executive clients within the entertainment business
  • Advice on purchases of master recordings and song catalogs out of bankruptcy and otherwise
  • Handle complex litigation matters related to all issues of copyright and trademark infringement, breach of contract, and other related issues in state and federal court around the country
Related Industries

Entertainment

Representing creative minds and creative businesses,  Hall Booth Smith provides clients with the business advice and legal guidance needed to succeed in the ever-evolving multimedia entertainment marketplace.

From day-to-day business operations and management advice to transactional guidance and dispute resolution, our attorneys help those in the entertainment industry manage talent and preserve, protect and actualize their entertainment property and services. We have critical access to key players in the entertainment industry and provide clients with the business-oriented and dedicated legal advice needed to thrive.

Transactional and litigation attorneys work together seamlessly, handling all of our clients’ legal needs and helping them achieve their goals. Our experience is diverse and includes advising clients regarding music, film, television, software, books and other print media, advertising, and graphic, visual and performing arts, social media and gaming, negotiating the full range of transaction documents and industry agreements, and litigating disputes. We assure that our clients’ creativity and their rights in creative works are fully protected.

As active members of various respected industry-leading societies, including NARAS, CMA,  we remain at the forefront of industry trends and legal developments. Our attorneys speak regularly on industry panels, contribute as writers to respected industry publications and serve on boards of several industry non-profit organizations.


Food & Agriculture

Scientific developments, technological efficiencies, global trade, and government support and regulation have changed food and fiber production in the United States into a sophisticated and complex business. From a farmer’s field to a consumer’s kitchen table, complicated legal issues now arise for growers, agribusinesses, distributors, brokers, and food retailers. Hall Booth Smith (HBS) specializes in providing legal counsel to and litigation and regulatory advocacy for farmers and agribusinesses.

Because most of our Agriculture Law Practice Group attorneys either grew up on a farm, earned degrees in agriculture, or have spent their careers counseling farmers and agribusinesses, our specific and keen understanding of the business practices and needs of farmers and agribusinesses superiorly position us to handle any agricultural matter. With six offices located throughout Georgia and offices in South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, we couple the expertise and reputation of a large firm with the accessibility of a local firm.

The legal issues farmers and agribusinesses face are often unique to the agriculture sector. For example, HBS handles issues for buyers and sellers under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), a complex federal statute which establishes a code of fair business practices that protects businesses dealing in fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. In many cases, the laws relevant to the issues facing agriculturists arise out of the laws and regulations that are applicable to any contract, insurance policy, property right, business organization, or succession plan.


Government & Municipalities

With a team of former and current government leaders , and those actively involved in various areas of government, HBS offers comprehensive representation and advice to those in government, including states, counties, cities, non-profits and other related industries.

Our team members are regarded as among the most influential leaders in the state of Georgia and are repeatedly recognized for their work on behalf of clients in the government arena. Regularly interacting with legislative leaders concerning client needs, we maintain close working relationships with elected officials, appointed officials, and agency staff, enhancing our ability to provide expertise and counsel. Leveraging our connections, regulatory know-how and legal experience, we work with local, county and state government officials to craft good policy and address our clients’ legislative, regulatory and legal concerns.

HBS attorneys assist clients with the full range of local, county and state government affairs, regulatory matters, lobbying efforts, and political and campaign finance issues. Understanding the regulatory framework which affects our clients’ business operations, we are particularly adept at helping related regulated industries such as utilities, energy and trade associations, telecommunication companies, health care, insurance, local governments, and nonprofit organizations with compliance matters.