Institutional Resources

Governmental Agencies

US Patent and Trademark Office -

United Copyright Office,

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)_ -

Federal Communications Commission -

Federal Trade Commission -

Entertainment Industry Unions and Guilds

Actors Equity Association -

American Federation of Musicians (AFofM) -

Authors Guild:

Directors Guild of America (DGA):

Dramatists Guild:

Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) -

Writers Guild of America (WGA) -

General Legal

ABA Young Lawyers Forum -

ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries -

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - (lists all state and metro organizations)

Intellectual Property

Open Access/Creative Common Zero (CC0) -

International Trade Administration -

Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA) -

Motion Pictures and Television

Directors Guild of American (DGA) - Industry Organizations -

Motion Picture Association -

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - - (All things technical about the industry)


American Federation of Musicians (AFM) - -

Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) -

Playbill -

Theatre Development Fund (tdf) -

Theater Musicians Association -

Music Industry:


Future of Music Coalition - Education, research and advocacy -

Music Performance Rights Resources




Harry Fox Agency Songfile (HFA Songfile), one-stop licensing of songs for cover version recordings -

Sound Exchange, - music rights digital royalty collections clearinghouse -


ABA - Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries -

ABA - Forum Events and CLE -

AP News -

Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference -

Sports Business Daily - https://www.sportsbusinessdail...

General Entertainment Industry News

General News

New York Times -

Los Angeles Times -

Trade Publications

Backstage -

Billboard - (Music)

Variety -

Hollywood Reporter -

Publishers Weekly -

Radio and Podcasts

KCRW (LA Public Radio) Programs - :

General Industry Blogs


http://www.thettablog.blogspot... (Trademark Trial and Appeals Board related matters)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.c... (Hollywood Reporter Legal Industry News)

Books Publishing

Publisher’s Marketplace - https://www.publishersmarketpl...

Publisher’s Lunch - https://lunch.publishersmarket...

Film & Television

Cynopsis Media -


Lefsetz Letter - (Music and Entertainment)

Music Connection - online music industry magazine, newsletter and directories -

Entertainment Industry Databases

Film & TV

IMDB - - Free movie and television program data

IMDB PRO - - access contact information for talent, production companies, networks, studios, etc. (Annual subscription required)


Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) -

Conferences and Festivals

Film Conferences

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) -

SXSW - South by Southwest (Music, Film and Multimedia) Mid-March in Austin, Texas. (1-512-467-7979) ( ) 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).

Music Conferences

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) ( ) 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) ( ) 475 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10016-6901

Book Fairs and Festivals

AALBC - List of Important Book Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences -

Writer’s Digest - List of Book Fairs and Book Festivals by State -

Theatre Festivals

American Theatre - https://www.americantheatre.or...

AmEx Essentials – The Top 20 Theatre Festivals Around the World -

The New York Times -

Legal Industry News and Trends (Legal News) (Entertainment News) (Legal News) (Advertising Industry Law) (IP Newsletters) (Legal News) (Sports Litigation) (Sports Industry Jobs Database)

Entertainment and Sports Law Journals

Art & Sport Law Journal, New York State Bar Association -

Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law -

The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts -

The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (ABA) -

Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law (Harvard) -

Entertainment Law Review (UCLA) -

Sports & Entertainment Law Journal (Sturm College of Law, U. of Denver) -

Other Digitally Available Law School Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Reviews:

Law Firm Blogs & Reference Links

Intellectual Property Law

Law Offices of Paul Supnik -

Law Offices of Kathryn Goldman -

Entertainment Law

Law Offices of Mark Litwak -

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 -

Law School Conferences

USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business -

UCLA Law School Entertainment Law Symposium -

University of Miami Global Entertainment & Sports Law + Industry Conference -

Media Law Resource Center / Southwestern Law School Entertainment and Media Law Conference -

Additional Professional Conferences:

Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference -

Sports Lawyers Association annual conference, mid-May,

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 -

Belmont University / Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business - both the college and law school offer online music programs and resources - and

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 -

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