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Musicians pursue class action against large recording companies

The entertainment industry can be a tough one to navigate as many aspiring entertainers here in Texas can attest. For instance, musicians often end up signing contracts with record producers that may prevent them from going elsewhere in order to get their big breaks. They may even sign over their copyright protections as part of the deal. This could prove problematic if the artist wants his or her works back.

Entertainment lawyers offer more than securing copyrights

If you are one of the Texas residents who works in the entertainment industry, you may already diligently protect your creative works. By securing copyrights, you retain control over their use, receive royalties when you allow someone else to use them and go to court when necessary to protect them. You may use an entertainment lawyer to assist you in these tasks, but did you know that much more is covered by this area of law other than protecting your work through copyrights?

Securing copyrights is big business in the entertainment industry

If you work in the entertainment industry, then you already know that it could quickly turn hostile. It does not matter whether you live here in Texas or somewhere else in the country. With so many people clamoring for attention from movie, television and music studios, some people's scruples take a holiday when it comes to stealing material from a fellow writer. For this reason, securing copyrights in this industry is crucial.

Screenwriters can use stories in the public domain legally

The entertainment industry can be a difficult place to maneuver. After several decades of storytelling, it may seem as if there is not much more to be explored with completely original content. For this reason, the law allows screenwriters here in Texas and elsewhere to take advantage of stories that exist in the public domain and are no longer guarded by their original owners. The material could come from a variety of sources, including video games, comic books or other literary works, including other screenplays.

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