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ENTERTAINMENT LAW

ENTERTAINMENT LAW IS A COMPREHENSIVE BODY OF LAW THAT INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM BUSINESS FORMATION, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, E-COMMERECE, MANUFACTURING, AMD EMPLOYMENT LAW, TO INDUSTRY SPECIFIC CONTRACTS, NEGOTIATION & LITIGATION IN AREAS SUCH AS MUSIC, MOVIE/TELEVISION, FASHION, THEATER, DANCE,SPORTS, ART, LITERATURE AND COMEDY TO NAME A FEW. RIAN M. KINNEY, IS AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY WHO IS WELL VERSED IN THE SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES, TO ADVISE AND REPRESENT YOU AND YOUR INTERESTS. CALL 954-599-5245 OR SEND US A MESSAGE TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION.

SERVICES

THE KINNEY FIRM OFFERS A BROAD RANGE OF SERVICES TO ASSIST ARTISTS, ATHLETES AND ENTREPRENEURS TO TAKE THEIR PASSION TO THE NEXT LEVEL. BELOW ARE SOME OF THE AREAS IN WHICH WE CAN ASSIST.

Entertainment Law

Entertainment Law is a complex body of law spanning diverse industries. We can help with E-Commerce, Music, Art, Movies, to Fashion and Publishing.
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Business Law

We can assist you with Corporate Formation, Business Planning, Protecting Your Logo, Branding, Employee Relations or Franchising.
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Sports Law

We assist athletes with Endorsement Deals, Spokesperson Appearance Fees, Publicity Rights, Reputation Management and royalties.
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Intellectual Property

We can help you obtain and defend your Copyright and Trademark against infringement. Know your Intellectual Property Rights.
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Civil Litigation

We can assist with your corporate and entertainment litigation needs; from settlement negotiations to representing you in court.
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Branding and Consulting

We can help you with Branding, Marketing, Business Consulting, Corporate Correspondence or Spokesperson services.
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PROTECT YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN HOW? LETS TALK ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR CREATIVE WORKS RIGHT NOW

OUR TALENT PROTECTING YOURS

The Kinney Firm is a virtual, Florida based, entertainment law firm that is dedicated to providing personalized legal services to entrepreneurs, innovators and artists, where they need it, when they need it. Large law firms operate on billable hours and their clients pay for every text message, e-mail and phone conversation which leads cost-conscious clients to not want to freely communicate. The Kinney Firm understands its clients’ need to budget and quotes flat fee* (*not including costs, filing fees, etc.), per matter, where possible.

Our attention is to personalized service to assist you and protect you not only in your legal endeavors but in growing your brand and business. The Kinney Firm works with you to understand where you are and where you want to be to be able to properly advise you and assist you in long term growth and planning. Call to discuss how we can assist you.

The Kinney Firm also offers business and brand consulting to assist you in identifying your target market, find the name and brand that will best position you and your company as well as creative development of marketing and branding materials, corporate correspondence and other services to take you and your business to the next level. 

 

FAQ

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES AND COSTS?
Obviously all legal matters are not created equal. There are simple questions and issues that can be quickly and easily addressed and where possible we strive to work on a flat-fee, pay as you go method. You can pre-purchase a 15 minute consultation for $39 or a 30 minute consultation for $75, this does not include time to review documents in preparation of the discussion and advice is based upon the information you provide. Copyright and Trademark Registrations are performed on a flat-fee basis; the rate is dependent upon the type and volume of filings and do not include Federal Filing Fees. Where more in-depth legal analysis and advice is involved our rates are between $200-$350 and hour; excluding litigation. We accept checks and major credit cards. Contact us for a more specific estimate.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK?
If you are a creator of intellectual property, you need to know what a trademark and a copyright are and the differences between them. A trademark, or servicemark, depending on whether the referencing goods or services, is an indicator of source; from where the product or service is coming. Think “I’m Lovin’ it” as it pertains to McDonald’s or the Nike “Swoosh” these short phrases or graphic representations indicate to consumers, who created the advertisement or product.

 

A copyright, by contrast, protects an original work of authorship such as books, movies, songs, paintings, photographs, web content and sometimes even choreography. Do you need to file for Federal Trademark or Copyright protection? In short, yes; if you want to be able to protect yourself against infringers. Having your intellectual property ownership be a matter of Federal record, allows a whole host of benefits, including but not limited to, increased damages when you successfully prosecute infringers (which sometimes serves as a deterrent for would-be infringers), stopping the importation of infringing goods and being able enforce your rights on social media, etc.

If you have intellectual property you would like to protect, contact The Kinney Firm, P.A. to learn more through your complimentary consultation.

SHOULD BAND MEMBERS HAVE A CONTRACT AMONG THEMSELVES?
Understandably, this can be a touchy subject with members of of the band saying, “why don’t you trust me?” or “we don’t need a contract, we’re friends and we’re just having fun.” I always tell my clients contracts are not created to destroy friendships, but maintain them. Contracts allow all parties to clearly define the roles and responsibilities so there are no misunderstandings or hurt feelings that can lead to lengthy and expensive lawsuits later.

 

Some questions to ask yourself: If you are creating a band name, music, lyrics, etc., who owns them? What share is owned by whom? Are the music and lyrics being co-created or are different members contributing to different aspects of the music and writing differently? What happens if a band member leaves? Can they still perform the songs? There is a lot to consider with Copyright Ownership, Music Publishing and Administration and Licensing, etc., which is why every band needs at least a basic contract wherein the band members can agree how they want to work together.

RIAN  M. KINNEY

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Rian M. Kinney, Esq. graduated from University of Florida in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English before attending Nova Southeastern University’s College of Law Evening Program in Fort Lauderdale where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2008. The four year evening program allowed Rian to gain valuable work experience in the music and entertainment industries, interning for Clarence Clemmons and Steven Seagal’s Music Manager as well as serve in a myriad of leadership positions.

Rian was the law school’s representative to the American Bar Association where she represented the school regionally and nationally on issues concerning law students and ABA policy. She also served as Vice President for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for two years, winning Most Improved Organization the first year and Best Organization for both years and was part of the Inaugural Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium Planning and Host Committee. Rian is committed to community involvement and was an Event Line Producer for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s Gala and assisted with the Miss Special Populations Pageant – a pageant for girls with different abilities and specials needs. Rian believes in leaving a place better than you found it and from a branding perspective, Ms. Kinney left her lasting mark on NSU when she won the school’s contest to change the mascot from the Knights, (2 of Rian’s entries were the finalists) to the Sharks; which is far more marketable and therefore, profitable.

Rian brings a multi-dimensional perspective to sports and entertainment law because she’s been on both sides of the table. Ms. Kinney is a Florida State Champion in basketball, played basketball nationally, went to States for Cross Country twice and was recruited by D1 schools, she was accepted to West Point, tried out for American Idol, has eaten fire, been skydiving, ran the A1A 1/2 Marathon twice, is licensed SCUBA diver, an avid world traveler and is currently in the process of completing her first book.

SPORTS SERVICES

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ADD LEGAL TO YOUR WINNING TEAM. WE CAN HELP POSITION YOU FOR GREATER SUCCESS

I enjoy working with entrepreneurs to develop and implement long term legal strategies to assist with business growth and protecting their assets and intellectual property.

RIAN M. KINNEY, ESQ

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WHICH IS THE BEST CORPORATE ENTITY FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS?

The Kinney Firm, P.A. can and will assist you with filing the necessary documents with the state of Florida to get you up and running today. If you are uncertain what entity is best for you, review the information below or purchase a phone or e-mail consultation with...
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