Why a Copyright?
Artists and businesses use the assistance of Tolpin & Partners to obtain, protect, license, and enforce their copyrighted material against unauthorized users.
Copyright protection is a set of exclusive rights granted for original works of authorship including literary, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, movies, computer software, and architecture.
Entertainment, Media and the Internet
In the digital world, content users now widely and rapidly disseminate copyrighted material on the internet. Because of this, online piracy and counterfeiting are constant threats to any successful author, artist and content provider. Our copyright practice is focused on protecting our clients from this very kind of threat.
Entertainment, media and internet practices are covered by both federal and state laws. Areas covered by entertainment, media and internet law can involve:
- copyright ownership
- rights of publicity and privacy
- defamation (libel and slander)
- transactional agreements
At Tolpin & Partners, P.C. we will protect your business reputation, website and intellectual property.
Our experience matters
Our attorneys have handled a range of cases referred to them by Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and other Chicago non-profit organizations. We have been featured speakers at conferences such as the CMJ Music and Film Festival in New York and the Midem Music Conference in Cannes, France on the topic of branding and music law.
How we can help
We work with our clients each step of the way from copyright registration to enforcement. We negotiate and prepare agreements for works for hire. We can help you to avoid copyright infringement of another’s work by obtaining consent from the copyright owner, determining what is already in the public domain and what constitutes fair use.
Our main focus is on the creative and commercial arts, media and entertainment, advertising, marketing and other commercial matters. We currently represent:
- software developers
- actors and theater companies
- film and television screen writers
- multimedia producers
- owners of websites
- graphic designers
- and more
Contracts and Agreements
Since the entertainment, media and software industries are largely contract and agreement driven, we handle the transactional and business aspects of software, music, television, film, radio, publishing, merchandising and digital media. We also handle written agreements for the use and commercial exploitation of content; contracts between artists, businesses, and vendors; and provisions concerning ownerships and right of attribution, and license agreements.
We provide the necessary guidance and representation to draft and negotiate favorable agreements for our clients. We also provide guidance on how best to avoid liability under these agreements.
A proven track record
We have been the enforcement arm for major recording artists and others. We successfully and significantly reduce online piracy and counterfeiting for musicians, artists, software developers and our other clients.
When we manage their copyrighted works, entertainment, media and internet issues, our clients tell us they value the quality service, recommendations, and advice of Tolpin & Partners, P.C. We offer targeted, cost-effective solutions for our clients. We have a proven track record of harnessing both traditional and contemporary legal tools to achieve the desired end results our clients are seeking.