What is Entertainment Law?

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Entertainment law is the package of services, containing contracts and copyrights, that is intended for pieces of entertainment like books, movies and visual arts. Protecting work from being plagiarized or otherwise exploited is a massive concern for those working in the entertainment industries. Copyright and trademark laws in Wisconsin are intended to safeguard the intellectual property rights of those who work in the entertainment field.

What is A Copyright?

A copyright includes the privilege to exclusively produce a given form of entertainment, and the copyright holder must give consent for others to be able to use it. The consent of the copyright holder for others to use the protected material is called a license. In Wisconsin, the copyright holder has the exclusive privilege of negotiating all licenses it issues. A copyright does not last forever, and all procedures surrounding copyrights are controlled by state entertainment laws. You will want to familiarize yourself with the specifics, whether you want to simply protect your property rights or you are interested in selling licenses for your work.

What is a Trademark?

A trademark is any noticeable characteristic that is associated with something, such as the symbol for a commercial brand. Trademarks can be key to creating product recognition in the entertainment industry. Trademarks do not expire. They are acquired through registration with the U.S. patent and trademark office. Consumers recognize brands better when they have associated trademarks.

How Can a Wisconsin Attorney Help?

Many lawyers in Manitowoc practice in entertainment law. They can give you particularized advice about whether you need a copyright or trademark, and they will also guide you in the process of securing these rights in Wisconsin.

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Life in Manitowoc

Manitowoc is a city located in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. It is also the county seat of that county. As of the 2000 Census, Manitowoc has a population of approximately 35,000 people. The area now known was Manitowoc has been continuously populated by humans for thousands of years. It was first settled by people of European descent in 1835. Manitowoc has the interesting distinction of being the crash site of a Soviet spacecraft, Sputnik 4. The crash occurred in 1962, and involved a 20-pound piece of a much larger spacecraft. Nobody on the ground was injured, and the spacecraft itself had nobody in it. Today, there is a historical marker on the spot where the piece hit, and a cast of the part was made before it had to be returned to the USSR. The cast now sits in a museum in Manitowoc. Manitowoc is home to a zoo, as well as several historical sites, art museums, and parks, providing many recreational opportunities. If you live in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and need an attorney, it's likely that you'll be able to find one. Manitowoc, Wisconsin lawyers can handle just about any case you might have.

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