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San Francisco, CA 94104
TEL: 415-986-2400
FAX: 415-392-9259

Practice Areas
Entertainment Law Litigation Business Formation & Transactions Copyright & Trademark Internet Law Cybersquatting &
Domain Name Disputes
Sports Law Media & Telecommunications Live Entertainment Film Music Art Entertainment and Media Advisory Services Mediation Real Estate Non-Profits Wine Law and Branding

San Francisco Entertainment Lawyers

"...Representing the Imagination of San Francisco...®"

Idell & Seitel’s entertainment law practice focuses on legal issues in live entertainment (both sports and entertainment) as well as the music, motion picture, sports, television, and new media industries with a particular focus on legal issues implicated by the intersection of entertainment and technology. We are geographically located at the epicenter of the digital revolution and we have been intimately involved with the legal issues arising out of these new models. We provide clients with experienced and responsive counsel necessary for success in the global multimedia entertainment industry. We also provide copyright and trademark registration services including prosecution of trademark disputes at the administrative and court levels.

Music: Idell & Seitel represents a broad range of professionals in the music industry, including recording artists, producers, record and publishing companies and executives, managers, live event producers and promoters, theatre owners and operators, distribution companies, production companies, publishers and songwriters. We negotiate and draft recording and publishing agreements along with producer, management, distribution, touring, merchandising, corporate sponsorship, licensing and Internet agreements. We consult with artists and record publishing companies regarding their entertainment and Internet strategies and the protection, licensing and sale of their intellectual property rights. We are familiar with all aspects of the presentation of live entertainment performances having represented most of the major music and theatre venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Live Entertainment: Idell & Seitel have been at the legal forefront of Bay Area and National presentation of live entertainment performances for over 25 years. Founding Partner, Richard Idell, represented Bill Graham and his organization in the mid-80ís until Mr. Grahamís death in 1991. Thereafter he continued representing the company until it was purchased by key employees. Thereafter, he served as counsel to SFX Entertainment and later Clear Channel as the company merged in the wave of concert company consolidation. He was also counsel to Live Nation for many years. The firm and Mr. Idell now represent Another Planet Entertainment, LLC and its various subsidiaries in a variety of live entertainment productions. Mr. Idell is counsel to the Greek Theater, the Fox Theater in Oakland, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and numerous festivals and tours including the San Francisco Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival and the Treasure Island Music Festival. Mr. Idell represents Teatro Chicago, licensee of the dinner/theatre show Teatro ZinZanni in the Chicago area. He is also counsel to SHN, Shorenstein-Hays Nederlander Theatres, LLC, of San Francisco which produces and presents Broadway plays and musicals. He is also counsel to a variety of other promoters and presenters as well as special event planners. Idell & Seitel, LLP offers a full range of legal service in the live entertainment area.

Music – Basic Services:

  • Band Name Protection
  • Business Organizations
    • Partnership
    • Corporation
    • Limited Liability Company
  • Management Agreements
  • Agency Agreements
  • Live Performance Agreements
  • Merchandising & Sponsorship Agreements
  • Recording Agreements
  • Music Publishing Agreements
    • Publishing, Co-Publishing & Administration
    • Performing Rights Issues
    • Synchronization Licenses
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Producer Agreements
  • Copyright Protection
  • Music on the Internet

Motion Picture/TV: Idell & Seitel provides counsel to actors, writers, directors, producers, managers and production and distribution companies in the film, television, cable, and interactive media sectors. We negotiate and draft film financing documentation and writer, performer, director and producer agreements. We counsel and negotiate distribution agreements, licensing and product placement arrangements, and we provide intellectual property counsel and rights clearance services.

Motion Picture/TV - Basic Services:

  • Film Financing
  • Selling/Securing Story and Publicity Rights
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Work for Hire Agreements
  • Guild Issues
  • Option Agreements
  • Rights Clearance & Acquisition
  • Union and Labor Law Compliance
  • Insurance Issues
  • Employment/Services Agreements
  • Digital Distribution/Streaming Media Issues
  • Trademark & Copyright Protection

Internet/ Multimedia: Idell & Seitel assists individuals and enterprises in their Net-related activities and provides experienced transactional and litigation guidance through the statutory maze applicable to the Internet – from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Wire Tap Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to the WIPO domain name dispute resolution mechanism to First Amendment issues, obscenity laws, privacy issues, and publicity rights. We assist in the process of developing, protecting and monetizing content on the Internet including the drafting and negotiation of content and database creation and licensing agreements, software and website development agreements, web site hosting and linking agreements and advertising, promotion and joint venture agreements such as sponsorship, affinity marketing, fulfillment and endorsement agreements. We assist in the creation, licensing, sale and protection of multimedia content and provide guidance through the intersection of numerous legal issues implicated by the combination of music, text, graphics, illustrations, photographs, software and other elements and we provide counsel in the effort to avoid infringement of the legal rights of others.

Internet/Multimedia - Basic Services:

Featured Services
Flat-fee Cybersquatting
and Domain Name
Dispute Resolutions

Flat-fee Trademark Availability
Search and Analysis
and Application Filing

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