The theater is all about putting on a memorable show. Regardless of whether you are a playwright, an actor or an entrepreneur that is investing in a play or musical, legal relationships will be formed. This is where The Lomnitzer Law Firm, P.A. can assist you.

Our Boca Raton theater lawyers can negotiate and structure domestic and international transactions including theatrical syndication financing, property and rights acquisitions, licensing, co-productions agreements, creative personnel agreements, development deals, and other production agreements. Our knowledge of the theater industry and background in intellectual property law makes us the right choice for your case. A trustworthy entertainment attorney will advocate for your rights and give you the voice that you need.

Making the Right Choices

While putting on an amazing show may be your motive, there are difficult decisions that must be made in order to achieve such a feat. If you already secured the venue and need help putting together a rental agreement, we will work with you and make sure your interests are protected. Once you have locked up the venue, you may want to add more production staff such as actors, singers, or dancers to your show to make sure the show is spectacular. Our legal staff can draw up talent agreements in Boca Raton or any other area.

How Contracts Impact the Theater World

Contracts play a major role in any theater production. Even from the outset, individuals looking to work with a partner in drafting a script will want to put the rights and obligations of each party on paper to protect themselves against any potential future disagreement. Similar concepts apply to situations where a play’s author is looking to determine distribution rights or secure a venue to put on productions. Finally, the authors of plays that are likely to be a major success will want to obtain the ability to produce merchandise and other paraphernalia connected to the show. A Boca Raton theater attorney could identify the places where a contract will be useful in a production, and also help in negotiating and drafting these agreements.

Securing the Intellectual Property of Playwrights

One overlooked aspect of creating and putting on a theater production is how the creation of these works of art requires the protection of intellectual property. Any person or partnership that authors a play should immediately register that work of art with the United States Copyright Office (USCO), which officially notifies the public that the author of that work is claiming ownership and exclusive distribution rights. A theater production attorney in Boca Raton could provide more information about the concept of copyright and register a work for copyright protection with the USCO.

An attorney is also prepared to act in the event of infringement. Infringement can occur whenever another party puts on a play, or reproduces it in some way, without the permission of the copyright holder. It does not matter if this infringement is intentional or not; it is still a violation of federal law. In some cases, this infringement may entitle the copyright holder to significant compensation. A Boca Raton theater lawyer could determine if copyright infringement has occurred and demand proper remedies on behalf of the aggrieved party.

Issuing Play Distribution Rights Through Licensing Agreements

Once a play becomes a success, it is often a smart business move to allow productions to occur in other locations around the state, at the national level, or even in other countries. As the holder of a copyright, the sole authority to allow these productions and displays rests with the copyright source. The most effective way to allow these productions is to draft comprehensive and specific licensing agreements.

These agreements dictate exactly how other parties may put on a play. It can include clauses that speak to, among other things:

  • The licensing fees
  • Length of the agreement
  • Venue size
  • Merchandising rights

Having an effective licensing agreement in place is essential to protect a creator’s intellectual property while allowing a play to reach a broader audience.

Seek Advice from a Boca Raton Theater Attorney

When you work with The Lomnitzer Law Firm, P.A., you will get an assertive team of Boca Raton theater lawyers who have experience working with copyrights and trademarks. If you need help putting financial agreements in writing, look no further for a seasoned, business-savvy lawyer than the lawyers at the Lomnitzer Law Firm. We are standing by to advocate for your rights.

We are also ready to address concerns that may arise concerning contracts, including those that involve an agreement to draft a play, hire actors, secure a venue, or even licensing agreements that allow other parties to put on your show.

We invite you to contact us via phone or website form to discuss your specific interests in entertainment law and learn how we can be of assistance to you.