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The importance of “Court approval” of a minor’s contracts.

So, you're producing a project that features some kids in some key roles. You spend a small fortune developing the project. You hold auditions, and eventually find the perfect kids to star in the piece. So, you sign them to written employment agreements, and everything is looking terrific and you proceed into production.

You're halfway through the production process when one of the kids decides she's not having fun, so she's quitting. Your project is completely off the rails, both creatively and from a business perspective. Sure, you can start over… recast the role, hope that the project can be salvaged, and you won't have lost everything you've invested.

“But wait” you say. “She signed a contract! She can't just quit. I'll sue her for damages.”

Did you know that a minor can walk away from a contract without consequence?

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20 ways to use your entertainment lawyer in the new year.

20 ways to use your entertainment lawyer in the new year.

Are you missing opportunities because you're not using your entertainment lawyer?

If you're like most people, you don't think much about having a lawyer on your side until you need advice, or to make or defend against some kind of threat. But having an experienced entertainment lawyer on your team can do much more for your career or business in the entertainment industry if you take advantage of all the ways you can use your lawyer. Here, in no particular order, is a list of ways you might not have thought about to use your lawyer to full effect:

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Asked & Answered: should I register multiple copyrights together!.

Asked & Answered: should I register multiple copyrights together!.

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Angel asks about registering his multiple copyrights under a single folio of works.

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The short answer is yes, it's often possible to register multiple works together as a folio. But, it's not always a very good idea.

Some recent court rulings seem to suggest that when multiple works within a folio are infringed, the plaintiff may only recover one award of damages. Also, if it work isn't registered within three months of its original publication, The plaintiff will not be entitled to recover attorneys fees, nor collect statutory damages. So, registering your works as a group could really be shooting oneself in the foot.

Asked & Answered: Can I set my sports movie in a real sports league?

Christian writes:I have a story in mind that takes place in a popular sports league. It’s not based on actual events, it just involves the specific league.Since it’s probably very hard to actually get the rights to write about the league, should I write the script with a made up sports league? (like Any Given… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Episode 037 – Top Ten Stories of 2012

Call us with your feedback:(310) 243-6231 In this Episode: Crystal Skull lawsuit Persian Barbie dispute Age of the Hobbits injunction Artist Sues EA over throwback Ravens uniform and our completely unscientific top-ten stories from 2012 Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online. Clio allows you… Continue Reading

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