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PROTECTING IP RIGHTS IN THE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

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Athletes, entertainers or media personalities often use IP rights to control the use of their image. Television, film studios and other content providers copyright their scripts; sports teams license their logos; individual athletes trademark their likeness and name. However, vigilant monitoring is needed to minimize the risk of infringement and protect their reputations. Social media users are sharing, tweeting and posting a variety of IP, including celebrity pictures, videos and more, often without owner’s permission. Counsel must monitor and protect the IP from infringement but must also achieve a balance between pursuing claims and the marketing value of social media content.