Practice Focus

Copyrights & Trademarks

Our firm assists clients with copyright and trademark registration, licensing, and enforcement. We are experienced with the filing and review procedures of the United States Copyright Office and Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). We also prosecute and defend trademark and copyright infringement matters, including issues of fair use and unfair competition. In all cases, we advise as to both the protection and ownership of intellectual property and as to the risks and benefits relevant to various options to enforce ownership, from filing suit to mediation. Please refer to our pages devoted to copyrights and trademarks for more information about procuring and protecting your IP interests.

 

E-commerce & Internet Business

In the digital age, technology and communications play an essential role within the business world. Our firm champions the systems that use new technology to expand commercial outlets for entrepreneurs and business owners. We provide knowledgeable legal counsel regarding software and consulting contracts, convergence, technology licensing, cyberlaw issues, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

 

Interactive Digital Media

Interactive digital media encompasses computer products and services that respond to the user’s actions by presenting content such as text, graphics, animation, video, and audio. Because we continually work to stay abreast of technological advancements and how they impact traditional business models, we are qualified to handle the legal issues presented by interactive digital media, including MMORPG and video gaming ownership issues, virtual world, second life, and in-world business issues, jurisdictional disputes, and conflict resolution.

 

Digital Assets

Our firm advises and acts on behalf of clients seeking to protect their digital assets from unscrupulous Internet users and competitors. Digital assets include:

  • Email accounts
  • Financial information and accounts
  • Online bills
  • Online businesses
  • Web pages and blogs
  • Social networking accounts
  • Registered domain names

 

 

Literary Publishing

Mableson Law Group provides legal services related to traditional book publishing and new media. We draft, review, and negotiate literary contracts, and are able to assist authors with issues created by the advent of online publishing, digital book downloads, and e-books. Because new media presents many opportunities and challenges to authors, book writers need to have someone handle the business side of writing. We help authors understand their rights and options in the digital age.

 

Arts & Entertainment

Being in the art, film, television, or music business requires dealing with a multitude of different people and entities, and while all parties involved in a project must work together to see its successful completion, each seeks to promote and profit from his or her own contribution. Our attorneys understand the dynamics of the arts and entertainment industry, helping artists and entrepreneurs to protect and maximize their rights and interests. Our clients include musicians and bands, record labels and music publishers, record producers, film companies, event promoters, recording studios, radio and TV personalities, comedians, film animators, managers, visual artists, and galleries.

 

Business Law

Our firm assists entrepreneurs with business formation, and provides consulting services with regard to organizational strategies, contractual agreements, and asset management, among other compliance-related matters. Please see our business law page for additional information regarding business formation and planning.

 

Seek Experienced, Dedicated Representation

For over 28 years, Mableson Law Group has devoted its practice to helping creative artists and media-based companies use effective legal strategies and new technology to protect and maximize their intellectual property assets. If you or your business needs assistance with any aspect of intellectual property or business law, please contact our office today for a consultation.

Interactive Digital Media

Interactive Digital Media refers to digital media that invites or accepts feedback from the viewer or listener, such that he or she is not simply a passive audience. Interactive digital media refers to a computer-controlled virtual universe with which an individual who uses the program may interact in order to achieve a goal and typically contains a significant amount of data including animated images, fixed images, sound, text, and 3D geometry. This includes game platforms, game engines, and games that have both entertainment and serious applications.

Interactive Digital Media can be delivered in a variety of formats. It can be accessed through web browsers, through online systems, consoles, and on websites with user-generated content.

Because we continually work to stay abreast of technological advancements and how they impact traditional business models, we are expertly qualified to handle the legal issues presented by Interactive Digital Media, including MMORPG and video gaming ownership issues, virtual worlds such as Second Life®, OpenSim and Unity virtual worlds, and in-world business issues, jurisdictional disputes, and conflict resolution. Ms. Mableson was the first attorney to open a law office in Second Life in 2005 (as Hypatia Padar) and is an early adopter of online games and MMORPGs. She teaches “Governance of Virtual Worlds,” at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University where students are required to play and interact in Second Life® and in World of Warcraft®.

Mableson Law Group represents online virtual worlds, virtual world content creators, and mobile application game developers (iPhone and Android Apps). She uniquely understands the issues from the perspectives of both the player and the Game development industry.

Ms. Mableson represented Public Knowledge and EFF as an amicus party in the Arizona District Court case of MDY v. Blizzard. A review of the Ninth Circuit’s opinion can be found here.

  • Online Games
  • Video Games
  • Console Games
  • MMORPGs
  • Mobile Apps
  • Facebook Games & Social Games
  • Virtual Worlds using OpenSim or Unity
  • Proprietary Virtual Worlds

 

Digital Assets

Your Estate Plan and Digital Assets

The statistics are undeniable – we are spending more and more hours online. Sometimes it is just for fun and other times it is in connection with a business or hobby that brings in income. We create and update our Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. We tweet. We read and send email. We play Farmville and other games on Facebook and other platforms. We shop for items on eBay and Amazon and many other websites. We sell items on eBay. Many of us have a PayPal account. Others of us play online virtual games such as Second Life or World of Warcraft. We bank online, pay bills online, and generate income from online activities. And, for all of our online activity, we may have one or many different passwords to access our online accounts. Our personal digital footprint is large and ever expanding.

What happens to these digital accounts and assets when we die? Have you thought about what you want to happen to your Facebook page? How will the person responsible to administer your estate after your death be able to locate and secure your digital assets? How do you maintain your passwords? Do you have a PayPal Account? Does anyone know if you are selling goods on eBay? What if you have valuable virtual assets that can be converted into real dollars? Who in your family knows about all of your online activities that might have value to your heirs? What about your private information? Do you want someone to tweet using your account after your death? Is there something you want shut down and buttoned up? Most people and estate planning lawyers overlook these critical digital assets of the deceased.

Mableson Law Group is here to assist you regarding your DIGITAL ESTATE PLAN. We have tools and form to help you organize your digital estate and set it up so that upon your death, your personal representative can access your accounts and follow your instructions for how YOU want your digital footprint and accounts to be handled.

Mableson Law Group advises clients AND OTHER ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEYS AND LAW FIRMS seeking to identify, secure, protect, and maintain digital assets upon the death of a client.

What are Digital Accounts & Assets? Digital Assets include:

  1. Email Accounts (How many do you have?);
  2. Social Media/Networking Accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare);
  3. Instant Messaging Accounts;
  4. Online Financial & Banking Accounts;
  5. Online Credit Card Statements;
  6. Online Bill Payments;
  7. Online Shopping Websites;
  8. Frequent Flyer Miles;
  9. File Back-up sites;
  10. Music & Videos Storage Sites (Flickr, Musiclockers);
  11. Cloud Computing Sites;
  12. Online Storage & Backup;
  13. Registered Domain Names;
  14. Owned WebSites;
  15. Blogging Sites;
  16. Online Gaming Accounts (WoW, EVE, etc.).

 

Business Law

Representing entrepreneurs and small businesses in Arizona and nationwide, Mableson Law Group offers comprehensive legal counsel regarding all aspects of commercial transactions routinely seen in business organizations. Business law encompasses the law governing contracts, sales, commercial paper, agency and employment law, business organizations, property, and contracts. Business law also includes issues such as starting, selling ,or buying a business, managing a business, dealing with employees, and dealing with commercial transactions. Ms. Mableson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and understands the entrepreneurial drive of business owners.

Mableson Law Group represent the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), an Arizona trade organization with over 15,000 members and 11,000 businesses in Arizona. Mableson Law Group serves small businesses (defined to include all businesses with under 500 employees) and is exceptionally positioned to understand the challenges facing business owners in this economic environment.

Contracts are our stock in trade. As an exceptional drafter, negotiator, and dealmaker, firm principal Connie J. Mableson takes pride in helping her clients enter into beneficial, risk adverse agreements, including shareholder/member agreements and purchases or sales of stocks, assets, and entire businesses. We are qualified to handle complex business transactions, including reorganizations, buy-outs, and mergers and acquisitions, always working to close deals as swiftly as possible, while protecting and advancing our clients’ interests. We also prepare loan documents, security agreements, and other instruments evidencing and securing debt. Some of the types of contracts we assist client with include:

  • Employment Contracts
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Contracts
  • Marketing Agreements
  • Manufacturing and Distribution Agreements
  • Web Developer Agreements
  • Trade Secret Agreements
  • Sales Contracts
  • Works Made for Hire
  • Commercial Leases
  • Employment Contracts
  • Real Estate Purchase Agreements and Closings
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • All general business agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements

 

Business & Technology With many entrepreneurs utilizing the Internet to start and expand their companies, traditional business models and conventional growth strategies are becoming antiquated rapidly. Businesses must increasingly focus on content ownership, not only to protect but also to maximize their assets. Establishing content ownership is important because while the dispersal of information across a variety of media offers entrepreneurs and businesses wide exposure and growth potential, it also makes one’s work vulnerable to improper use by others. We work with our clients to develop, implement, and optimize new media outlets that are legally secure and financially profitable. – See more at: http://www.mablesonlaw.com/practice-areas/business-law/#sthash.Q9FUjwPG.dpuf

Corporations & LLCs

Choosing the right type of business organization during the formation process is often the first step to building a successful enterprise. We help to structure new businesses, including corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs), ensuring that the organizational scheme best suits our clients’ business needs and protects from both legal and financial liabilities. Also, we assist businesses in the preparation and implementation of articles, bylaws, and operating agreements. For each client, we aim to fully account for the size, mission, and ultimate goals of the business, and provide personalized advice and legal counsel.

When we assist clients with their initial planning and formation, we do so with an eye toward the future. Accordingly, our firm also offers continuing services, helping clients to comply with corporate formalities, maintain accurate records, produce annual reports, manage assets, and ultimately, develop and grow.

We routinely file and form Corporations and LLCs, prepare bylaws and operating agreements, advise on buy-outs, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, succession planning, corporate contracts, shareholder and member agreements. We provide advice and consultation and comprehensive representation in all aspects of entity formation, governance, and general corporate matters including the following areas:

  • Formation of Corporations (C & S Corporations)
  • Formation of Limited Liability Companies
  • Non-Profit Corporations
  • Articles and Bylaws
  • Operating Agreements
  • Annual Reports
  • Reorganization
  • Shareholder/Member Agreements
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Purchase or Sale of Stock
  • Purchase or Sale of Assets
  • Purchase or Sale of a Business
  • Succession Planning
  • Corporate Governance
  • Advising Board of Directors and Officers
  • Annual Meetings
  • Maintenance of Corporate Books & Records
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Corporate Dissolutions
  • Employment Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Agreements

Seek Experienced, Innovated Representation

For upwards of 32 years, Mableson Law Group has provided advice, consultation services, and comprehensive representation in all aspects of business formation, governance, and general corporate matters. If you or your business needs assistance with planning, contract negotiation, or if you have an intellectual property or technology concern or opportunity, please contact our office for a consultation.

– See more at: http://www.mablesonlaw.com/practice-areas/corporate-law/#sthash.PJla8GVz.dpuf

Intellectual Property

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Mableson Law Group represents creative artists, entrepreneurs, techies, technology start-ups and businesses in intellectual property (IP) and corporate matters.

Copyrights & Trademarks

Our firm assists clients with copyright and trademark registration, licensing, and enforcement. We are experienced with the filing and review procedures of the United States Copyright Office and Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). We also prosecute and defend trademark and copyright infringement matters, including issues of fair use and unfair competition. In all cases, we advise as to both the protection and ownership of intellectual property and as to the risks and benefits relevant to various options to enforce ownership, from filing suit to mediation. Please refer to our pages devoted to copyrights and trademarks for more information about procuring and protecting your IP interests.

 

E-commerce & Internet Business

In the digital age, technology and communications play an essential role within the business world. Our firm champions the systems that use new technology to expand commercial outlets for entrepreneurs and business owners. We provide knowledgeable legal counsel regarding software and consulting contracts, convergence, technology licensing, cyberlaw issues, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

 

Interactive Digital Media

Interactive digital media encompasses computer products and services that respond to the user’s actions by presenting content such as text, graphics, animation, video, and audio. Because we continually work to stay abreast of technological advancements and how they impact traditional business models, we are qualified to handle the legal issues presented by interactive digital media, including MMORPG and video gaming ownership issues, virtual world, second life, and in-world business issues, jurisdictional disputes, and conflict resolution.

 

Digital Assets

Our firm advises and acts on behalf of clients seeking to protect their digital assets from unscrupulous Internet users and competitors. Digital assets include:

  • Email accounts
  • Financial information and accounts
  • Online bills
  • Online businesses
  • Web pages and blogs
  • Social networking accounts
  • Registered domain names

 

 

Literary Publishing

Mableson Law Group provides legal services related to traditional book publishing and new media. We draft, review, and negotiate literary contracts, and are able to assist authors with issues created by the advent of online publishing, digital book downloads, and e-books. Because new media presents many opportunities and challenges to authors, book writers need to have someone handle the business side of writing. We help authors understand their rights and options in the digital age.

 

Arts & Entertainment

Being in the art, film, television, or music business requires dealing with a multitude of different people and entities, and while all parties involved in a project must work together to see its successful completion, each seeks to promote and profit from his or her own contribution. Our attorneys understand the dynamics of the arts and entertainment industry, helping artists and entrepreneurs to protect and maximize their rights and interests. Our clients include musicians and bands, record labels and music publishers, record producers, film companies, event promoters, recording studios, radio and TV personalities, comedians, film animators, managers, visual artists, and galleries.

 

Business Law

Our firm assists entrepreneurs with business formation, and provides consulting services with regard to organizational strategies, contractual agreements, and asset management, among other compliance-related matters. Please see our business law page for additional information regarding business formation and planning.

 

Seek Experienced, Dedicated Representation

For over 28 years, Mableson Law Group has devoted its practice to helping creative artists and media-based companies use effective legal strategies and new technology to protect and maximize their intellectual property assets. If you or your business needs assistance with any aspect of intellectual property or business law, please contact our office today for a consultation.

Copyright

Our firm assists clients with copyright registration, licensing, and enforcement. We are experienced with the filing and review procedures of the United States Copyright Office. We also prosecute copyright infringement matters, including issues of fair use and unfair competition. In all cases, we advise as to both the protection and ownership of intellectual property and as to the risks and benefits relevant to various options to enforce ownership, from filing suit to mediation. We consult on all areas concerning securing protection and ownership of ideas, concepts, and creative works in all areas such as computer and internet, all art disciplines (literary, visual art, performing arts), media, technology, trade secrets, employment contracts, and independent contractor agreements. Our services include:

  • Copyright Advice
  • Copyright Registration
  • Licensing, transfer and assignments
  • Copyright ownership disputes
  • Work-made-for-hire agreements
  • Collaboration and joint ownership Agreements
  • Internet and digital distribution Agreements
  • International Copyright
  • Copyrights & Estate Planning

What is a Copyright?

Copyright SymbolCopyright law protects original, creative expression. Copyright law protects “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. The fixation may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device, such as a computer. Copyrightable works include the following categories: literary works, musical works, including any accompanying words, dramatic works, including any accompanying music, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, architectural works, and computer programs.

Trademark, Patent, or Copyright?

A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

A patent is a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.

Copyright & Trademark

What is a trademark or service mark?

In short, a trademark is a brand name. A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods. A service mark is any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce, to identify and distinguish the services of one provider from services provided by others, and to indicate the source of the services.

Must all marks be registered? No, but federal registration has several advantages, including a notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, a legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and the exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods or services set forth in the registration.

What We Can Do to Help You Avoid Potential Pitfalls

Filing a trademark application at the USPTO starts a legal proceeding. Most applicants hire a private attorney who specializes in trademark matters to represent them in the application process and provide legal advice. Mableson Law Group can help you before, during, and after the trademark application process, including policing and enforcing any trademark registration that may issue. While you are not required to have an attorney, an attorney may save you from future costly legal problems by conducting a comprehensive search of federal registrations, state registrations, and “common law” unregistered trademarks before you file your application. Comprehensive searches are important because other trademark owners may have protected legal rights in trademarks similar to yours that are not federally registered. Therefore, those trademarks will not appear in the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) database but could still ultimately prevent your use of your mark. In addition, we can help you during the application process with several things that could seriously impact your trademark rights, such as determining the best way to describe your goods and services and preparing responses to refusals to register that an examining attorney may issue. Finally, we can also assist in the policing and enforcement of your trademark rights. The USPTO only registers trademarks. You as the trademark owner are responsible for any enforcement.

Mableson Law Group knows how to protect your brand identity and can advise you in all aspects of choosing a mark that is not confusing similar to your competitor’s mark, filing an application, and post-registration issues. We also handle:

  • Trademarks & Servicemarks
  • Tradenames
  • Trademark searches and availability
  • Trademark Registration and Maintenance
  • Trademark ownership disputes
  • Licensing, transfer and assignments
  • Trademark License Agreements
  • Trademark Infringement Lawsuits

Trademark, Patent, or Copyright?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

A copyright protects original works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.

A patent is a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention. Patents are prepared by registered Patent Attorneys.

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Arts & Entertainment

Being in the art, film, television, music business, or book business requires dealing with a multitude of different people and entities, and while all parties involved in a project must work together to see its successful completion, each seeks to promote and profit from his or her own contribution. We understand the dynamics of the arts and entertainment industry, helping artists and entrepreneurs to protect and maximize their rights and interests. Our clients include musicians and bands, record labels and music publishers, record producers, film companies, event promoters, recording studios, radio and TV personalities, comedians, film animators, managers, book authors & publishers, literary agents, visual artists, and galleries. Ms. Mableson teaches Entertainment Business Contracts at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.

We routinely handle transactions and contracts in the following industries:

Comprehensive Negotiation and Drafting

Contracts are our stock in trade. As an exceptional drafter, negotiator, and dealmaker, firm principal Connie J. Mableson takes pride in helping her clients enter into beneficial, risk adverse agreements. We are qualified to handle even the most complex transactions, always working to close deals as swiftly as possible, while protecting and advancing our clients’ interests. A few of the matters we work on for our clients include:

Music

  • Recording Agreement
  • 360 Agreements
  • Music Publishing Agreement
  • Manager Agreement
  • Agent Agreement
  • Co-Publishing Agreement
  • Songwriter’s Agreement
  • Collaboration Agreement
  • BMI & ASCAP Agreements
  • Studio Agreements
  • Studio Spec Agreements
  • Copyright Performer Releases
  • Loan Out Agreement
  • Sampling License
  • Music Video Agreements
  • Music Industry Agreements
  • Tour Agreements

Film & Television

  • Literary Option Agreements
  • Actor Agreements
  • Director Agreements
  • Producer agreements
  • Financing Arrangements
  • Writer Agreement
  • Distribution Agreement
  • Crew Deal Memo
  • Location Release
  • Music Synchronization Agreement
  • Composer’s Agreement
  • Life Story Rights Agreement
  • TV Syndication Agreement
  • TV Program License Agreement
  • Selling and securing story and publicity rights
  • Distribution agreements
  • Literary Property Option agreements
  • Rights clearance and acquisition

Book Publishing – See our pages devoted to Literary & Publishing.

  • Book Publishing Agreement
  • Contract with Book Distributor
  • Author Publisher Agreement
  • Author Collaboration Agreement
  • Ghost Writer Agreement
  • Interview Releases
  • Permissions and Clearances
  • Electronic Publishing
  • eBooks
  • Audio Book Rights
  • Content Licenses
  • Author Self-Publishing

Rights of Publicity

  • Publicity and celebrity rights protection
  • Publicity and celebrity rights licensing

Art Law

  • Artists-Dealer transactions
  • Moral rights of artists
  • Merchandising Visual Art

 
– See more at: http://www.mablesonlaw.com/practice-areas/arts-and-entertainment/#sthash.a4YtA0x2.dpuf

Ecommerce & Internet

In the digital age, technology and communications play an essential role within the business world. Our firm champions the systems that use new technology to expand commercial outlets for entrepreneurs and business owners. We provide knowledgeable legal counsel regarding software and consulting contracts, technology licensing, cyberlaw issues, and the DMCA. Mableson Law Group is a digital pioneer and often is on the leading edge of legal issues regarding the intersection of the law and new digital platforms and issues. Ms. Mableson has been representing clients in the digital online space since 1992. Mableson Law Group routinely deals with issues and contracts relating to:

  • Web Site Design Contracts
  • Website Operations
  • TOU, TOS, EULA, Privacy Policy, DMCA Policy
  • Communications Decency Act
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • E-Evidence
  • E-Payments
  • E-Signature
  • Electronic Contracts
  • Jurisdiction
  • Online Privacy
  • Online Contracting
  • Search Engine Law
  • Digital libraries
  • E-Commerce Taxation
  • Electronic Contracts
  • Entertainment/Music
  • SOPA/PIPA/ACTA
  • Internet Censorship
  • Internet Governance
  • Spam
  • Online Privacy
  • Online Retail
  • Cybercrime
      • Contract and License Review and Negotiation
      • Cyberspace and Internet Law
      • E-commerce Law
      • Social Media
      • Future Law
      • Intellectual Property Law
      • IP Licensing
      • Information Technology Law
      • Network Security Law
      • Open Source License Law
      • Privacy Law
      • Service Level Agreements
      • Software Licensing
      • Technology Law
      • Internet and Multimedia
      • Website development and hosting
      • Trademark and copyright licensing
      • Domain name protection
      • Rights acquisition and clearance
      • Privacy and publicity rights issues
      • Internet joint venture agreements
      • Independent contractor agreements
      • Merchandising agreements

Reported Case: Cybersell v. Cybersell

 

Literary & Publishing

Mableson Law Group provides more than 20 years experience in the book industry representing authors and publishers related to traditional book publishing and digital publishing. We draft, review, and negotiate literary contracts, and are able to assist authors with issues created by the advent of online publishing, digital book downloads, and e-books. Because new media presents many opportunities and challenges to authors, book writers need to have someone handle the business side of writing. We help authors understand their rights and options in the digital age.

Platforms: Print, e-book, Kindle, Nook, and more.

Contracts: Traditional Print to Digital

Agreements and Deals: From start to finish such as –

  • Literary Agent Contracts
  • Blog Law
  • Author – Agent Agreements
  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Non-Fiction Book Proposals
  • Ghost Writing Agreements
  • Permissions and Clearances(names, pictures, and biographical information)
  • Defamation, privacy and right of publicity rights issues
  • Publisher’s Releases
  • Interview releases
  • Royalty Agreements
  • Author-Publisher Agreements
  • Publishing Contracts
  • Publisher Disputes
  • Book Distributor Contracts
  • Printing Contracts
  • Screenplays
  • Self-Publishing Legal Issues
  • Interview Clearances
  • Book to Film Options
  • Book to Movie deals
  • Literary Executor Issues

Self-Publishing

Once frowned upon as the ugly step-sister of the publishing world, self-publishing in the digital age of “print on demand” (POD) is now viewed as a legitimate means for breaking out an important title that a traditional publisher would never consider. Authors can now use the many self publishing and print on demand services available on the internet and can easily publish in traditional print and in electronic format. With e-books are outselling paper based print books, the opportunities available to authors are tremendous.

We enjoy working with authors to make sure the legal side of their self-publishing ventures are in order and positioned for immediate and future success. We have self-published legal books ourselves and we have a first hand, boots-on-the-ground understanding of the entire process from start to finish.

Clients

Our clients include a large number of New York Times bestselling authors together with many clients signed to major publishing houses, independent publishers, and those who successfully self-publish. We represent authors on all aspects of their writing business from the proposal to the publishing contract to the film adaptation of the book and beyond. We take great pride in positioning authors and creating a platform for authors to reap the benefit from their ancillary rights derived from their books such as book to film, book to graphic novel, book to television series, merchandising, and so on. Just a few of our clients include:

Stephenie Meyer – The NYT Best Selling Twilight Series of Books, Films and Merchandising

Allison DuBois – The Prime Time Emmy Award winning show “MEDIUM” and her NYT Bestselling Books

Linda Cobb aka The Queen of Clean – NYT Bestselling Author

Steve and Annette Economides – NYT Bestselling Authors regarding the economy and saving money

Martha S. Siegel – NYT Bestselling Author regarding Marketing on the Internet

Kerrie Droban – NYT Bestselling Author of true crime stories

Hale Dwoskin – NYT Bestselling Author of The Sedona Method

Catherine Graves – Self Published

Daniel Hernandez – Biography published by a major publishing house

Francisco “Pancho” Quintana – Biography published by a major publishing house

Shannon Meyer – Literary & Audio

Z-Health® – TM

Rangelo Productions – Film

DMCA

The DMCA is a federal law that protects online service providers, websites, ISPs, and content creators from online copyright infringement. It was enacted in 1998 and has withstood many court challenges. Ms. Mableson is an expert in the applicability of the DMCA as it relates to both website owners and content creators. She has written two DMCA Handbooks to provide a hands-on, practical and effective guide for online service providers, content creators, and virtual world owners. Her DMCA HANDBOOKS™ are the only authoritative books on the DMCA available anywhere and provide all the FORMS needed by all parties in the DMCA process. Please refer to our DMCA Blog here.

Mableson Law Group is expertly poised to assist you with your DMCA legal issues if you are:

  • A website owner or operator and want DMCA immunity against contributory copyright infringement;
  • An ISP or other online service provider want DMCA immunity against contributory copyright infringement;
  • A creator or copyright owner who is facing online copyright infringement of your content;
  • A virtual world owner or operator and want DMCA immunity against contributory copyright infringement;
  • A virtual world creator or copyright owner who is facing online copyright infringement of your content; or
  • Accused of online copyright infringement when you have not infringed.

 

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