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Entertainment

Pender & Coward's entertainment law attorneys are experienced serving both artists and business entities involved in the creation, performance and distribution of creative work, including contracts, employment and intellectual property law.

Our firm's entertainment attorneys represent visual artists, literary authors, musicians, songwriters, actors, entertainers, performers, record companies, artist managers, publishers and others involved in the entertainment business. Our entertainment lawyers negotiate contracts, resolve disputes, set up entities, protect works, and navigate the myriad legal issues that face today’s entertainers.

Our entertainment lawyers negotiate contracts, resolve disputes, set up entities, protect works, and navigate the myriad legal issues that face today’s entertainers.When an artist is preparing to enter into a contractual arrangement, one of our entertainment law attorneys should review the contract so the artist can ensure the contract terms are clearly understood. When a publisher or entity is contemplating entering into a financial arrangement with an author or artist to contract for their creative work, working with our attorneys will assure that the contact is enforceable and clearly states the terms negotiated by the parties. Our attorneys are also experienced handling negotiations when a contract is in dispute and the parties are at an impasse that is likely to lead to litigation.

We work closely with the Pender & Coward business and intellectual property team to define and protect our clients’ rights in ownership of their creative works. When necessary, we defend our clients through the litigation process to enforce rights to work and bring resolution to disputes which may arise from a previous contractual arrangement.

Entertainers and others in the entertainment industry have unique circumstances requiring extensive knowledge and understanding of the client’s legal needs. Our attorneys have the expertise and experience to handle any situation that may arise.

REPRESENTATIVE CASE

  • Won a unanimous Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision reversing the trial court’s dismissal of a music copyright infringement case. Copeland et al. v. Bieber et al., 789 F.3d 484 (4th Cir. 2015).