Consulting for film scores

Are you a film producer and require support in clarifying the music rights; the negotiation and design of contracts for existing titles with copyrights, holders of protected rights or music publishers; or in the commissioning of a film score composer or orchestra? Or are you a composer or musician and have come across an unauthorized use of your composition or recording?

What we offer

The use of musical compositions in films makes it necessary for the holder of the rights to the music or the corresponding holder of the rights to grant their consent for use. Regarding the music recordings used, the usage rights in question for all holders of protected rights must also be clarified and/or obtained as well. Based on the multitude of potential participants and the common lack of transparency in the previous transfer contracts, the clarification of rights to film scores is highly complex and fraught with risks.

We can advise you in this area with a strategic plan regarding the legal situation, support you in negotiating, and also handle the creation of contracts that you can use to acquire or transfer the rights to the film score.

Our activities also include the tracking of contract violations, copyright violations, or other rights to intellectual property by means of an official warning, in proceedings for a temporary injunction, or complaint proceedings, which are part of the special strength of our law practice due to the many years of practical experience and the technical expertise of the attorneys and specialized lawyers.

Scope of service

  • Creation, design, and negotiation of legally secure licensing agreements for film scores
  • Consulting with respect to the legal options and the strategic procedure during rights clearance and acquiring rights
  • Negotiations with collecting societies (e.g. GEMA, GVL)
  • Examination and assessment of the technical and legal situation
  • Representation before all district and regional courts in Germany by means of temporary injunction proceedings and in complaint proceedings

Costs

We normally offer these services to you calculated according to the time spent at a suitable hourly rate. We believe that cost transparency and cost reliability obviously form the basis of successful cooperation. We will be happy to provide you with an estimate of the expected costs and the cost risk before taking the job.

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