Entertainment Law

From an Insider's View: an Artist Representing Artists

Entertainment Law

Before Craig Barker became an entertainment lawyer, he was a professional musician, personal manager, road manager, and executive producer. Craig's entertainment law practice is built on that inside knowledge of how the entertainment business works.

Craig provides legal counsel including, but not limited to:

  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts and agreements, and other matters in many genres with major and independent record labels, publishing companies, booking agencies, managers, and producers;
  • Negotiating licensing and rights agreements, such as recording licenses, music synchronization and record master-use licenses for film and TV, music sample licenses, publicity rights, film and TV depiction rights, and film and TV clip licenses;
  • Enforcing rights and handling disputes in complex areas involving intellectual property rights, such as copyright, trademark, and digital media. Recent cases include: music publisher client litigation over rights and revenue to award-winning song and catalogue; artist client's lawsuit for disgorgement of label's profits, rescission of contract and return of masters ownership; legendary songwriter's heirs litigation over unpaid royalties from sales via forms of technology developed years after signing the contract;
  • Representing individual artists and creators, including musicians, songwriters, filmmakers, authors, playwrights, game developers, and on-air talent;
  • Representing entertainment businesses such as record labels, publishers, music booking agencies, modeling and actor talent agencies, music industry management companies, and concert and event production companies.