Arts and Entertainment Publishing in the Digital Age

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With the rise of the internet and social media, anyone can be a publisher. But just because anyone can publish doesn't mean that everyone knows the law. Whether you're an artist, musician, writer, or filmmaker, if you're planning to publish your work online or in any other medium, it's important to know your rights. That's where Forrest comes in.

Forrest Good PLLC keeps up with modern trends in media law. He represents clients in a wide range of legal matters, including copyright law, right of publicity, defamation, and privacy law. He also advises clients on a variety of business and transactional matters related to the arts and entertainment industry. In short, he knows the ins and outs of Texas media law.

What is Texas Media Law?

Texas media law is a branch of civil law that deals with legal issues relating to mass media, such as television, radio, film, theatre, newspapers, magazines, books, advertising, art, music, internet publishing, and video games. It covers a wide range of topics, including freedom of speech, censorship, defamation, privacy rights, copyright infringement, and more.

As technology evolves and changes the way we consume information and entertainment, so too does Texas media law. In recent years there has been a proliferation of new media outlets—including blogs, podcasts, and web series— and an increase in the amount of user-generated content being published online. This has led to new challenges for lawyers who practice media law. As traditional print publications move online and more people self-publish their work without going through a traditional publisher or distributor, it becomes increasingly difficult to enforce existing laws.

What are Your Rights Regarding Arts and Entertainment Publishing?

As an artist or creator ,you have certain rights under federal and state law. These include the right to control how your work is used ,the right to receive credit for your work ,and the right to receive compensation for the use of your work. You also have the right to control who has access to your work. For example, you may give someone permission to view your work but not copy it or distribute it without your permission.

Federal copyright law protects all original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium.This includes literary works, musical works, dramatic works, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works ,sound recordings, and architectural works. Copyright protection attaches automatically when a work is created. You do not need to register your work with the Copyright Office to receive protection; however, registering your copyright can give you additional legal benefits if you ever need to enforce your rights in court.

In addition to copyright protection ,you may also have rights under state laws such as the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute. The Anti-SLAPP statute protects citizens from being sued for exercising their constitutional rights of free speech or petition. The statute applies to any legal action filed against a person for making statements regarding public figures or issues of public concern. The statute also applies to actions filed against someone for participating in certain forms of expression protected by the First Amendment such as news reporting or commentary, artistic expression such as plays or novels, or political speech such as campaign speeches or candidate debates.

Hiring an attorney who knows media law is important for anyone planning on publishing their work— especially if you're planning on doing it yourself without going through a traditional publisher or distributor. Forrest Good PLLC can advise you on your rights as an artist or creator and help you navigate the often complicated world of copyright law. Give Forrest a call today to learn more about how he can help you protect your work.