What is Entertainment Law?

Find the right Entertainment attorney in Renton, WA

Entertainment law is the package of services, including contracts and copyrights, that is intended for pieces of entertainment like books, movies and visual arts. In the entertainment industry, protecting your work from being exploited or plagiarized by others is an imminent concern. Artists have certain intellectual property rights in Washington, which are protected in part by copyright and trademark laws.

What is A Copyright?

A party holding a copyright can exclusively produce a certain form of entertainment, requiring any others who want to use it to get consent first. A license is when a copyright holder gives its consent for another to use the protected material. Negotiating license agreements in Washington is the exclusive privilege of the copyright holder. Entertainment law governs whether you can get a copyright, how to apply for one, and how long it lasts once issued. A copyright will allow you to profit from licensing your material to others, or it may simply protect your rights in the piece of entertainment for the future.

What is a Trademark?

A trademark is a symbol or other notable visual characteristic that is associated with a specific commercial brand. In the entertainment industry, they help to establish product recognition. Trademarks do not expire. They are obtained through registration with the U.S. patent and trademark office. Consumers recognize brands better when they have associated trademarks.

How Can a Washington Attorney Help?

An attorney in Renton has knowledge of entertainment law in your area, and can give you the information you need to decide whether you need a trademark or copyright. Also, attorneys may give direction on how to best proceed when seeking a copyright or trademark recognition in Washington.

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Life in Renton

Renton is located in King County, Washington. It is very near Seattle--approximately 11 miles. Surrounding areas include Lake Washington and Newcastle coal fields. Per the 2010 census, Renton is home to approximately 90,927 people.

Renton's top employers include Boeing, Valley Medical Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Renton Technical College, Providence Health Services, Paccar, ER Solutions, and Wal-Mart. Renton is also home to many small law offices with capable attorneys who practice in many areas of law.

Famous residents, both past and present, include Jimi Hendrix, Ann Rule, Bonnie Guitar, Tim Lincecum, Brandon Roy, Jamal Crawford, Jacob Young, Kelly Bachand, and Michelle Font.

Overall, Renton is a wonderful place to visit!

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