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Will Play for Tips: Legal Tips for Musicians/Artists/Songwriters at 35 Denton


SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH at 35 Denton3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (UNT on the Square)

Will Play for Tips: 5 Legal Tips for Musicians/Artists/Songwriters

Join the Dallas Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Section for a panel presentation on March 9 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. Denton, TX 76201.This introduction to legal issues in the music business panel will help you answer questions such as Who owns my song? Do I need a lawyer? How do I protect my brand? That's "fair use," right? and Can't we all just get along? Join us for a discussion covering copyright law, trademark law, business structure for the band and other music business legal basics.Participants in the panel include:

Tamera H. Bennett

, Bennett Law Office, PC/Farm to Market Music, LLC; 

Catherine Hough

, Ferguson Law Group;

Evan Stone

, Law Offices of Evan Stone;

Kevin Harrison

, Kevin Harrison Law.

Free and open to the public. 1.5 hour MCLE pending.

In the Mix Denton Networking Event March 8, 2013

In the Mix Denton

Kick off 35 Denton 2013 networking with the people who make music happen in Denton and the DFW area. In The Mix Denton is a networking opportunity for artists, producers, engineers, songwriters, attorneys, accountants, managers, booking agents and members of The Recording Academy® (the "Grammy®" folks).

Join your hosts, Recording Academy Texas Chapter Board Members, and learn how you can be involved in The Recording Academy.To RSVP, click here.

Attorney Tamera Bennett Interviewed on CW33/Dallas Today

Tamera Bennett interview w Gisella Phelps
Tamera Bennett interview w Gisella Phelps

Intellectual property lawyer Tamera Bennett was interviewed today by reporterGiselle Phelps/CW33 regarding the proposed social networking policy for the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD). The news broadcast will air at 5pm and 9pm CST, today, June 10, 2010.

More about this trending topic can be found at the Dallas Morning News website here.  To view the interview click here.

Lawyer Tamera H. Bennett on FaceBook


"Fan" us over at FaceBook

.  Here's a taste of our posts....

Bennett Law Office, PC/Tamera H. Bennett

Bennett Law Office, PC/Tamera H. Bennett

Grammy DFW Professional Dev. and Mixer

Up Close & Personal with Richard Perna Music Publishing Essentials: An Insight Into Copyright, Licensing, Royalty Collections, & Marketing

Time:5:00PM Wednesday, October 14th

Location:The Loft, 1135 S Lamar St. Dallas, Texas 75215


Bennett Law Office, PC/Tamera H. Bennett

Bennett Law Office, PC/Tamera H. Bennett The Soundtrack Album is back. Twilght, 90210, Greys Anatomy ....

'90210': It's a scene on Soundtrack 90210 (with a sneak preview from the album) | Show Tracker | Los

Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com

Remember that awesome opening scene in this season's premiere of “90210”? It was the music that made that scene for me. Iconic, retro, youthful – everything you’re supposed to feel as the gals stripped to their bathing suits and jumped...

Bennett Law Office, PC/Tamera H. Bennett

Bennett Law Office, PC/Tamera H. Bennett Singer Songwriter Carly Simon Sues Starbucks alleging “concealment of material facts,” “tortious interference” with contract, and “unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices.” All because album sales were lower than anticipated.

Instead of Retiring, Carly Simon Is Suing Her Label - NYTimes.com

Source: www.nytimes.com

Broken trust, men misbehaving, women trying to recover these sound like themes from a Carly Simon song. But this time Ms. Simon was telling a story about her most recent record.

Bennett Law Office, PC/Tamera H. Bennett

Bennett Law Office, PC/Tamera H. Bennett Paul Anka Gets Credit For Song Co-Written With Michael Jackson. Anka is co-writer of song and owns music publishing interest.

Paul Anka Strikes Deal With Michael Jackson’s Estate Over “This Is It” Rights : Rolling Stone : Rock

Source: www.rollingstone.com

Up to the minute breaking news from the world of music, from the editors of Rolling Stone.

"Woodstock" At Lewisville "Texas International Pop Festival"

by Tamera H. Bennett Labor Day weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the "Texas International Pop Festival" held just a few miles south of my office at the old speedway.

Over 100,000 folks were "Lewd in Lewisville" listening to artists including B.B. King, Canned Heat, Chicago Transit Authority, Freddie King, James Cotton, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Nazz, Sam and Dave, Santana, Slay and the Family Stone, Spirit, Ten Years After and Tony Joe White.

Impromptu concerts rocked all night at the campground at Lewisville Lake. (Just a mile north of my office).

Read this great article and this great article in the Dallas Morning News.

Go to the official event website to learn more and view the event program, see more photos, and learn about the book that is in the works.

James Polser, mentioned in the Dallas Morning News article as working security at the event, runs the historic Lewisville Feed Mill that is located a

Lewisville Feed Mill
Lewisville Feed Mill

half-block from my office in Old Town Lewisville.  Read here for the history of Lewisville, Texas.

So, yes we are hip in Lewisville, just maybe not so many hippies anymore.  Hope you enjoyed this tid-bit of Texas History.

Update: Our local Dallas ABC affiliate featured the Texas International Pop Festival today.  Click here to watch a video of the story.

Filmmaker's Panelist Named: Fort Worth Fearless Film Festival

by Tamera H. Bennettposted April 9, 2009

The Fort Worth, Texas Fearless Film Festival announced winners and schedules here.

Filmmakers’ panels, new this year to the Fearless Film series, survey legal frameworks for as well as resources available to Texas filmmakers in three sessions Saturday, April 18 in the downtown Fort Worth library’s Chappell Meeting Room.

Copyright Law & Fair Usage, 1 to 2 p.m. Panelists are Tamera Bennett, a copyright attorney; Linda Kordek, music talent agent for The Agency Group; Carty Talkington, feature film director/producer best known for Love and a .45; and Mark A. Nobles, producer.

Texas Filmmakers Resources, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Panelists are Meg Gould, assistant director Dallas Film Commission; Bryan Poyser, director of artist services for the Austin Film Society; and Tiffany Kieran, DFW area producer and production manager.

Texas Filmmakers Grant workshop by Bryan Poyser, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Poyser, director of artist services for the Austin Film Society, leads this Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund workshop. Since 1996, the Austin Film Society's Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund has supported Texas filmmakers by awarding $930,000 in cash, goods and services to 265 film and video projects. Deadline for the 2009 cycle is June 1, and filmmakers who have resided in Texas for at least one year are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in project funding. Poyser will lead filmmakers through the application process step-by-step.

NX35: Denton's Music Conferette 2009

by Tamera H. BennettPosted March 11, 2009

Denton, Texas, home of the the amazing North Texas Jazz Bands and great rock 'n roll, is capturing acts as the make the pilgrimage to Austin for SXSW next week for its own music conference:  NX35.

There will bands playing on eight stages at night and other music events happening during the day.  Check their website for details on purchasing a wrist band and for free events.

There are a a few daytime music industry panels.

Why I Like Being A Texas Lawyer

Editor's note: Billable hours. Demanding bosses and clients. Student loans. A lack of civility. We all know the cons of being a lawyer, but what are the pros? Texas Lawyer asked lawyers across the state to tell us the top five reasons they like being lawyers. Texas Lawyer will run the "I Like Being a Lawyer" column periodically in the newspaper's "Out of Order" section. Contributors e-mailed their lists, which have been edited for length and style.Top 5 Reasons I Like Being a Texas Lawyer:


1. I like being part of the Texas legal community.  The support we extend and receive reminds me of how businesses supported one another in the old town square.  The success of my legal colleagues is a reflection on me.

2. I like working myself out of a job.  As a transactional entertainment lawyer and intellectual property attorney I help clients protect and leverage their IP with the plan that someday they will sell their assets.

3. I like that most days I get to listen to great music from talented singers/songwriters as part of helping maximize their earning potential.

4. I like being my own boss.  I'm the hardest boss I have ever had, but I am able to arrange my schedule to be involved in activities, such as being a Cub Scout den leader.

5. I like finding alternative solutions to issues facing my clients.  The ability to view a situation from all angles -- and be appreciated for that skill -- is very rewarding.

Originally published in Texas Lawyer, February 16, 2009 Vol. 24, No. 46. Reprinted with permission.

Copyright Infringement and French Presidential Elections

by Tamera H. BennettPosted February 25, 2009

Just this week I posted an update here on the dispute between Jackson Browne and John McCain over the use of the song "Running On Empty" in a campaign ad.

The issue of using songs without permission in political campaigns has now moved to France.  US indie band MGMT has demanded compensation from French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party for using their hit "Kids" without permission at rallies and in advertisements.

Some would say this is great timing...other's would say bad timing for this to be exposed. In two weeks a new anti-filesharing bill is scheduled to be presented to the French national assembly.

Jackson Browne v. McCain Moves Forward

by Tamera H. Bennett UPDATE:  The parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement and the case was dismissed on August 4, 2009.

posted February 24, 2008

The court in Browne v. McCain (Central Dist. Cal.  CV 08-05334-RGK (Ex)) denied McCain's and The Republican National Committee's motion for summary judgment requesting a dismissal of the copyright infringement case brought by songwriter Jackson Browne. The court will also allow Browne's causes of action for Common Law Right of Publicity, Vicarious Copyright Infringement, and Violation of the Lanham Act to move forward.

The Court stated "Moreover, Senator McCain has not established that Plaintiff’s claim is barred, as a matter of law, under the fair use doctrine. The mere fact that Plaintiff’s claim is based on defendants’ use of his copyrighted work in a political campaign does not bar Plaintiff’s claim as a matter of law."

The Court dismissed all claims against the Ohio Republican Party, also named in the suit, for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Our original post on the topic is here. Posts involving music and the McCain Presidential campaign are here and here.

Read more from the Hollywood Reporter and from the Washington Post.

Hagar Not So Cabo Wabo With Franchisee

By Tamera H. Bennett Rocker Sammy Hagar sued a Fresno developer who franchised his popular Baja California cantina and nightclub, saying his Cabo Wabo brand is denigrated. Hagar alleges he was never paid royalties for the use of his Cabo Wabo brand.

Red Head, Inc., Hagar's licensing company, holds 24 pending applications/trademark registrations for marks that include the terms "Cabo Wabo."

UPDATE:  I guess great legal minds do have the same ideas .... for an in-depth look at the legals issues visit the Las Vegas Trademark Lawyer blog.

Michael Jackson Not "Thrilled" Over Lawsuit

by Tamera H. Bennett Michael Jackson was sued this week for defaulting on payments  due John Landis, the filmmaker who co-wrote and directed the "Thriller" video .

Landis' credits include Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Trading Places.

On a side note.... one of my favorite scenes from "13 Going on 30."