In part 1 of this two-part article on music copyright, David Bilan answered questions on music ownership, penalties for infringement, and ways to legally use the tracks you need. Now he goes on to share more options that children’s entertainers have regarding songs and sounds for their shows.[Read more...]
In late March, three entertainment industry giants filed a lawsuit against a company that provides costumed characters for parties and events.
Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm Entertainment Company accused Characters for Hire of using their copyrighted characters, like Mickey Mouse, Disney princesses, Spider-Man, and Darth Vader, without permission.
The news sparked quite a discussion in our Kids Entertainers Facebook group as members were divided on the issue. Some rejoiced that the media giants have sought to protect their intellectual properties as this will discourage unprofessional and half-baked “character entertainers” and ripoffs, while some are concerned about how or if entertainers can actually obtain permission to use copyrighted characters in their acts. (To view the post and the entire thread, just go to our Facebook group and type ‘Disney’ in the search bar.)
Below we list the points raised in the discussion and some additional information that we believe kids entertainers, particularly those who appear as costumed characters, will find useful.[Read more...]
Legal Tips For Kids Entertainers
Did you ever hear your parents say 'It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt!' Children's entertaining is sort of like that. We often don't plan ahead. Here are some essential things EVERY kids entertainer needs to consider ...