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Jason Brooks

Jason Brooks

  • Entertainment & Sports Law, Business Law, Communications & Internet Law...
  • California
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Jason provides transactional business and legal affairs services to content creators across a wide spectrum of the creative community. Specializing in the new media, entertainment and business space, Jason frequently works with scripted/unscripted TV producers, social media influencers, and business entities to review, draft and negotiate deal terms on a wide range of production-related projects. Jason also provides business development strategy and corporate counsel to a variety of emerging players in the digital space. If you’re an influencer looking to monetize your content, a new business looking to establish your legal entity or register a trademark, or a digital content platform looking to draft your service/campaign agreements, terms of service and/or a privacy policy, let Jason be your guide. Raised in Southern California, Jason graduated from UCSD in 2002 with a B.A. in Communications. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006 and returned to Los Angeles to pursue his legal career in the entertainment industry. In his spare time, Jason is also an LA County Ocean Lifeguard and an avid surfer. If meeting in an office isn’t your thing, Jason is happy to schedule a consultation or strategy session out in the water.

Practice Areas
  • Entertainment & Sports Law
  • Business Law
  • Communications & Internet Law
  • Trademarks
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord Tenant
Additional Practice Area
  • Digital Media
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    Subject to our discretion, on a case-by-case basis only.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Education
U of Wisconsin
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 249344
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88 Questions Answered

Q. i have movies that were downloaded outside the USA and have brought them to the USA to watch on vacation is that illegal
A: If you downloaded content illegally (i.e. you did not pay for content that should have been paid for), then it is not legal for any use whatsoever. By Law you are supposed to delete the file and any copies you may have made immediately.
Q. I signed an NDA, it states that actions are defined under the laws of Delaware. I dont live in Delaware Does this matter
A: Yes it affects you. If there is a lawsuit filed in connection with this NDA it would be litigated under Delaware law, even if the lawsuit is filed in California.
Q. on a 3% gross royalty of SLRP for $50 w/ $10 poster merch, is the producer entitled to 3% of $50 or 3% minus merch costs
A: It depends on how "Gross Royalty" is defined in the contract. It's not uncommon to allows for deductions for actual expenses which could include your hard costs for merch, but if it's not specifically stated in the contract, then the inference would be 3% of the total royalty as received, without any deductions.
Q. How would I go about trademarking my stage name if it has been abandoned in 2011?
A: You'll need to file a new registration application with the USPTO. If you need assistance, feel free to email me at: Jason@altviewlawgroup.com
Q. Wrote code for client as a independent software developer, without a written contract. Is the code I wrote legally mine?
A: Absent a written agreement or other express understanding that the developer would be the owner of the code upon its creation (i.e. some type of work-for-hire language) then you have a good basis for claiming that ownership in the code never exchanged hands because you have not been compensated for your services. Therefore you are within your rights to deny them further use of your copyrighted material unless and until payment is rendered. With that said, to the extend that the code includes any of their own proprietary IP or other developer-owned material, you would not have the right to use the code you created if such use would require use of the developer's property as well. So if if does include their property, you would first have to remove that element if you were to use the code on your own. If you would like further consultation on this mater, feel free to email me at: Jason@altviewlawgroup.com
Q. How Much Should I Charge for Using My Image?
A: Your rate depends on a variety of factors, including the scope of their use -- for example, where will they be using your image and for how long? In what capacity can they use it? Also your own stature as a model/actress/celebrity factors into this equation. An agent or an attorney can both help you negotiate these terms and, to quote the great Beastie Boys... fight for your rights (to party). If you would like assistance, feel free to reach out via email and we can discuss further: Jason@altviewlawgroup.com
Q. Would it be seriously problematic if I self-published my original work before I receive my certificate of registration?
A: The date of confirmation of registration is the operative measure. The certificate is just documentary evidence for you to have at your disposal. So, as long as you have a registration number, you're protected.
Q. background actor won't sign release form for video?
A: So long as the actor is not recognizable and you are not using his speaking voice, you are fine. If he's not completely blurry, you can request that your post team blur him out even further.
Q. Can I brand my company “Polytopia”
A: A registered trademark protects use of a mark in the international classes designated within the respective registration description. In this case, it appears that the word "Polytopia" is registered for use is classes, 009 (Computer Game Software), 0028 (video games), and 041 (entertainment services), which would most likely conflict with your intended use in connection with visualisation and Virtual Reality. Specifically, your intended use would likely fall within class 041 and thus directly conflict with this registered mark. I would avoid the potential headache and choose a new name before you sink costs into your venture.
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