Actors, musicians and bands often appoint agents or managers to act on their behalf. Visual artists often have a dealer who represents them. The manager or agent can enter into contracts that are binding on the person who appointed them (the principal). There are specific legal rules which apply to these agency relationships.
This information sheet explains what an agency is, how it is created, the authority granted to an agent, an agent's obligations, and the important terms of agency agreements. It also deals with any state legislation that applies to agents, managers and venue consultants in the entertainment industry. Bands and visual artists should also read the “Music management checklist” and “Artist-gallery checklist”.
This information sheet provides information about the direct licensing guidelines/policy that all PPCA licensors must have and contains additional information about licensing of sound recordings. For a sample Direct Licensing Guidelines please download the PDF.
This information sheet aims to introduce artists to the limitations they are most likely to be confronted with or ought to consider. While these limitations do exist, Arts Law encourages artists to seek legal advice regarding specific queries before opting not to create or exclude certain expression from their artistic work.
This information sheet explains the rights in musical works and sound recordings and describes how composers, independent recording artists and bands that own the copyright in their music can derive income through the licensing and performance of their compositions and sound recordings.
This information sheet outlines the rights held by performers.
How to protect ideas and an outline of confidentiality law. This information sheet includes a sample confidentiality agreement.
This information sheet provides an overview on professional names, including the steps you can take to protect your professional name.
An explanation of who can apply for a trade mark, how to register a trade mark, and what can be registered as a trade mark. An overview of the registration process, reasons why a application may be refused and preventing others to use your trade mark.