US Patent and Trademark Office - www.uspto.gov
United Copyright Office, www.copyright.gov
Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System, Securities and Exchange Commission (EDGAR / SEC - Public Company Document Filings - Including Material Corporate Contracts and Annual SEC Filings)_ - https://www.sec.gov/edgar/abou...
Federal Communications Commission - www.fcc.gov
Federal Trade Commission - www.ftc.gov
Entertainment Industry Unions and Guilds
Actors Equity Association - https://www.afm.org/en/
American Federation of Musicians (AFofM) - https://www.afm.org/en/
Authors Guild: www.authorsguild.org
Directors Guild of America (DGA): www.dga.org
Dramatists Guild: www.dramatistsguild.com
Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) - www.sagaftra.org
Writers Guild of America (WGA) - www.wga.org
Professional (Legal and Industry) Trade and Interest Organizations
ABA Young Lawyers Forum - https://www.americanbar.org/gr...
ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries - https://www.americanbar.org/gr...
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... (lists all state and metro organizations)
Open Access/Creative Common Zero (CC0) - https://creativecommons.org/sh...
International Trade Administration - https://www.trade.gov/protect-intellec...roperty
Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA) - https://www.csusa.org/
Motion Pictures and Television
Directors Guild of American (DGA) - Industry Organizations - https://www.dga.org/Resources/...
Motion Picture Association - https://www.motionpictures.org
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - https://www.smpte.org - (All things technical about the industry)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM) - https://www.afm.org/our-musici...
Broadway.org - https://www.broadway.org
Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) - https://www.schooltheatre.org/...
Playbill - https://playbill.com
Theatre Development Fund (tdf) - https://theatrenerds.com/21-we...
Theater Musicians Association - https://www.afm-tma.org
Future of Music Coalition - Education, research and advocacy - www.futureofmusic.org
Music Performance Rights Resources
Harry Fox Agency Songfile (HFA Songfile), one-stop licensing of songs for cover version recordings - https://secure.harryfox.com/pu...
Sound Exchange, - music rights digital royalty collections clearinghouse - www.soundexchange.com
ABA - Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries - https://www.americanbar.org/gr...
ABA - Forum Events and CLE - https://www.americanbar.org/gr...
AP News - https://apnews.com/Sportsindus...
Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference - www.besla.org
Sports Business Daily - https://www.sportsbusinessdail...
General Entertainment Industry News
New York Times - www.nytimes.com
Los Angeles Times - www.latimes.com
Backstage - https://www.backstage.com/
Billboard - www.billboard.com (Music)
Variety - www.variety.com
Hollywood Reporter - www.hollywoodreporter.com
Publishers Weekly - www.publishersweekly.com
Radio and Podcasts
KCRW (LA Public Radio) Programs - https://www.kcrw.com/ :
- The Business - https://www.kcrw.com/culture/s... (Kim Masters, Hollywood Reporter journalist, on the industry)
- The Treatment - https://www.kcrw.com/culture/s... (critic Elvis Mitchell, in depth interviews with creatives)
General Industry Blogs
http://www.thettablog.blogspot... (Trademark Trial and Appeals Board related matters)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.c... (Hollywood Reporter Legal Industry News)
Publisher’s Marketplace - https://www.publishersmarketpl...
Publisher’s Lunch - https://lunch.publishersmarket...
Film & Television
Cynopsis Media - http://www.cynopsis.com/
Lefsetz Letter - https://lefsetz.com/wordpress/ (Music and Entertainment)
Music Connection - online music industry magazine, newsletter and directories -https://www.musicconnection.co...
Entertainment Industry Databases
Film & TV
IMDB - www.imdb.com - Free movie and television program data
IMDB PRO - https://pro.imdb.com - access contact information for talent, production companies, networks, studios, etc. (Annual subscription required)
Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) - https://theatrenerds.com/21-we...
Conferences and Festivals
New Orleans Film and Video Festival - New Orleans Film and Video Society. Mid-October in New Orleans, LA. (1-504-523-3818) 225 Baronne, 12th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70112
Sundance Film Festival - Sundance Institute. Mid-January in Park City, UT. (1-801-328-3456) - https://www.sundance.org/festi...
SXSW - South by Southwest (Music, Film and Multimedia) Mid-March in Austin, Texas. (1-512-467-7979) (www.SXSW.com ) P.O. Box 4999, Austin, TX 78765
The American Film Market (AFM) - Santa Monica, California, generally mid-November. Conference, Panels, Workshops on script to screen and distribution topics, accompanying one of the world’s largest annual independent film sales markets (producers, sales agents and distributors to global buyers). https://americanfilmmarket.com...
CMJ Music Marathon - College Music Journal. Mid-October in Great Neck, NY (1-516-466-6000) 11 Middleneck, Suite 400, Great Neck, NY 11021
Cutting Edge Music Business Conference - Music Business Institute. Late August in New Orleans, LA (1-504-827-5700) 710 S. Broad, New Orleans, LA 70119
Emerging Artists & Talent in Music (EAT’M). Las Vegas, NV (1-702-837-3636) (www.EAT-M.com ) 2341-A Renaissance Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89119
MIDEM & MIDEMNET- International conference for record publishing and licensing. Mid-January in Cannes, France. (1-212-689-4220) (www.midem.com ) 475 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10016-6901
Book Fairs and Festivals
AALBC - List of Important Book Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences - https://aalbc.com/events/list....
Writer’s Digest - List of Book Fairs and Book Festivals by State - https://www.writersdigest.com/...
American Theatre - https://www.americantheatre.or...
AmEx Essentials – The Top 20 Theatre Festivals Around the World - https://www.amexessentials.com...
The New York Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/0...
Continuing Legal Education
Legal Industry News and Trends
www.findlaw.com (Legal News)
www.Indiewire.com (Entertainment News)
www.Law.com (Legal News)
www.adlawbyrequest.com (Advertising Industry Law)
www.jurisnotes.com (IP Newsletters) (Legal News)
www.sportslitigationalert.com (Sports Litigation)
www.teamworkonline.com (Sports Industry Jobs Database)
Entertainment and Sports Law Journals
Art & Sport Law Journal, New York State Bar Association - https://www.nysba.org/EASLJour...
Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law - https://www.law.berkeley.edu/l...
The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts - https://lawandarts.org/
The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (ABA) - https://www.americanbar.org/gr...
Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law (Harvard) - https://harvardjsel.com/
Entertainment Law Review (UCLA) - https://escholarship.org/uc/uc...
Sports & Entertainment Law Journal (Sturm College of Law, U. of Denver) - https://www.law.du.edu/sports-...
Other Digitally Available Law School Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Reviews: https://lawreviewcommons.com/e...
Law Firm Blogs & Reference Links
Intellectual Property Law
Law Offices of Paul Supnik - http://www.supnik.com/
Law Offices of Kathryn Goldman - https://creativelawcenter.com
Law Offices of Mark Litwak - https://www.marklitwak.com/res...
Legal Professional Events
ABA Forum on The Entertainment and Sports Industries - hosts informative professional conferences featuring presentations by leading industry lawyers several times a year around the US - https://www.americanbar.org/gr...
Law School Conferences
USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business -https://gould.usc.edu/why/acad...
UCLA Law School Entertainment Law Symposium - https://law.ucla.edu/centers/e...
University of Miami Global Entertainment & Sports Law + Industry Conference - https://www.law.miami.edu/acad...
Media Law Resource Center / Southwestern Law School Entertainment and Media Law Conference - https://www.medialaw.org/about...
Additional Professional Conferences:
Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference - www.besla.org
Sports Lawyers Association annual conference, mid-May, www.sportslaw.org
Additional “Courseware” Providers
UCLA Extension - evening and weekend courses and programming in a variety of entertainment and entertainment legal subjects - https://entertainment.uclaexte...
Berklee Online - Digital courses from this leading Boston music academy, including courseware and certification in music business issues - https://online.berklee.edu/mus...
Belmont University / Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business - both the college and law school offer online music programs and resources - http://www.belmont.edu/curb/un... and http://www.belmont.edu/law/aca...
Full Sail University - This Florida institution offers a range of bachelors and masters level courses and certifications in a variety of industry performance, business and tech areas, including film and television in addition to its core music offerings - https://www.fullsail.edu/campu...