Entertainment Attorney Lawyer Orlando Florida Copyright Trademark - Hetz, Jones & Goldberg, LLC
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Building 22A, Suite 206
Orlando, FL 32819
James T. Hetz, Esq.
Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Law, Copyrights, Trademarks, Business Law, Civil Litigation
The John Marshall Law School Chicago, IL
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property (1997)
St. Thomas University School of Law Miami, FL
Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1996)
Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) (Finance) (2000)
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) (1990)
He has extensive experience in the entertainment industry. As an attorney, he has represented film and television producers, directors, screenwriters, stunt companies, film and television production companies, music bands, songwriters, actors, solo music artists, and independent record labels.
While in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Hetz engaged in work in film and television as an actor on a full-time basis, eventually earning eligibility for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). He worked in the production and legal departments in Nu Image/Millennium Films where he handled daily production matters, including script budget review, above the line/below the line agreements and offers, dailies, and preparation of film projects for sale to domestic film distributors, performed copyright chain of title on extensive film library, reviewed, edited and revised film and music publishing, administration, and collection contracts. Film productions included above the line talent like Kiefer Sutherland, Juliette Lewis, William Hurt, Shelley Duval, Courtney Love, Billy Zane, Robert Downey Jr., Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ron Silver, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dean Cain, Thomas Ian Griffith, Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Penelope Ann Miller, Kenneth Branagh, Robin Wright Penn, Lynn Redgrave, Dennis Hopper, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Anne Heche, Michelle Williams, Marissa Ribisi, Michael Rapaport, Giovanni Ribisi, Skeet Ulrich, Russell Wong, Tom Berenger, Tom Berenger, Jeremy Sisto, and Amanda Peet.
On film and television, he has appeared on-screen with Dick Van Dyke, Patrick Duffy, Gillian Anderson, Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Michael Rappaport, Lisa Kudrow, Ryan Reynolds, Traylor Howard, Lea Thompson.
As a lifelong musician he has a deep appreciation for the struggles independent musicians and music professionals face in the business side of music. In college, he was a bandmate with Jett Beres, bass player for Sister Hazel.
Mr. Hetz has a diverse legal background in the areas of state and federal civil and criminal law. He has previously worked in the law firm of United States Senator Mel Martinez where he gained experience in serious personal injury cases such as medical malpractice, wrongful death, auto accidents, and premises liability. He has also worked in a major toxic tort insurance defense firm in Chicago, Illinois where he worked on mass tort cases involving nationwide asbestos litigation claims. In Los Angeles, his legal experience included handling cases against Mexicana Airlines, Bally's Health Club, UPS, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Inglewood, the City of La Habra, the City of Orange, the Russian Republic of Tajikistan, suits involving the notorious "Angel of Death" cases, the Sunset Strip's Key Club, Wells Fargo Bank, Macy's, Coach USA, and 7-Eleven. Additionally, while in Los Angeles, he worked for one of the largest independent feature film companies where he worked on film production, legal and distribution matters.
He has also had the privilege of working as a State Prosecutor for Orange and Osceola Counties where he represented the people of the great State of Florida and victims of crime. While there, he was promoted as sole attorney for the Orange/Osceola County Court Appellate Division, where he handled more than Sixty-Five state of Florida appeals, Petitions for Writs of Certiorari and Prohibition to the Circuit Court and the Fifth District Court of Appeals and the Florida Supreme Court, Petitions for Criminal Record Expungement and Sealing, and Motions for Post-Conviction Relief.
He is admitted to practice in all state courts of Florida as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
He has taught at the Barkley School of Law as an associate professor of law teaching courses in Entertainment and Sports Law, Criminal Law, Remedies, and Legislative Law and Statutory Interpretation and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Barry University School of Law teaching courses in Copyright Law and Intellectual Property Law. He has been on faculty at Full Sail University developing and teaching their capstone course in the Internet Marketing Master of Science degree progam. Currently, he is an Adjunct Law Professor at Kaplan Graduate School of Legal Studies – Online teaching Music Law; Intellectual Property Law; Digital Music Business, Law and Society
Making Available as an Act of Distribution under Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act, International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, Volume 5, Number 4 (2009).
Panelist at the Full Sail University Music Law Conference sponsored by The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section on April 19, 2013. CLE Credit of 3.5 Hours being awarded to attendees.
Taught live Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar for LawReviewCLE's "U.S. Trademark Registration: The Attorney's Role from Clearance to Renewals" in partnership with the Orange County Bar Association on December 4, 2012.
Panelist at the 2011 Florida Bar Media Law Conference (Continuing Legal Education) on April 15, 2011 at Stetson University College of Law. Discussed the topic of First Amendment and Defamation issues relating to anonymous bloggers and website commenters.
Panelist at the 2011 Sunscreen Film Festival on April 15, 2011 in St. Petersburg, FL. Discussed the legal issues surrounding independent film production.
Speaker at the University of Kansas School of Law's Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium on April 9, 2010, in Lawrence, Kansas. Topic titled “The Unreality of Reality Show Contracts”. Continuing Legal Education credit awarded to attendees.
Conference speaker at The 5th Annual International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, January 31, 2009 to February 2, 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama. Paper presentation on current work in progress paper Making Available as an Act of Distribution under Section 106 of the Copyright Act
Interviewed for an article in Mac News World today regarding the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust trial against Apple's alleged role in E-Book price fixing.
Interviewed for an article in Mac News World regarding the start of the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust trial against Apple's alleged role in E-Book price fixing.
Interviewed for an E-Commerce Times news article regarding the U.S. Department of Justice's anti-trust E-Book case against Apple.
Interviewed by the E-Commerce Times and Tech News World and asked to provide an opinion on how the United States Supreme Court will weigh in on the copyright case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons.
September 14, 2012, interviewed for an online article in the International Business Times, Entertainment and Stars Section commenting on the viability of legal claims that could be brought by the actors who appeared in the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims".
A Thirty Three year resident of Central Florida and graduate of West Orange High School in Winter Garden. Avid Drummer and First Degree Black Belt and Training Instructor in Tae Kwon Do at Grandmaster Y.K. Kim's Martial Arts World studying under Master Kirk Pelt.
The Florida Bar
Orange County Bar Association
Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Law Committees of the Orange County Bar Association
Florida Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Section
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)(eligible)
Scott M. Goldberg
Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Business Law, Multimedia Rights
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property; With Honors (1997)
St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL; Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1996)
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (B.A.) and Minor in Business Administration (1993)
Scott M. Goldberg, Esq., a member of The Florida Bar, has been practicing law for 10 years. Scott Goldberg’s practice areas include Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Business and Corporate Law, Multimedia rights and licensing, Music Law, and Film and Television transactions. Scott Goldberg graduated college from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and then went on to attend St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. After graduating law school, Scott Goldberg obtained a Master of Laws Degree in Intellectual Property from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Goldberg graduated from the program, with honors, in such areas as Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Trademark Law, Music Law, Intellectual Property Licensing, Trade Secrets Law and Internet Law.
Scott Goldberg has represented and provided advice to clients in all aspects of the entertainment industry, including: artists, actors, musicians, film and television production companies, record labels, composers, writers, producers, filmmakers, publishers, multimedia, and Internet companies.
Scott Goldberg’s experience in the entertainment industry has included assisting with distribution delivery legal requirements for independent films, including one of the highest grossing independent films of all time; providing production legal and delivery services for feature independent films that have obtained theatrical distribution and/or national cable network distribution; and, providing production legal services for documentary films.
Scott Goldberg has also worked for a number of years as in-house legal counsel for a multi-million dollar private equity company with over 60 subsidiary and affiliated entities that include portfolios such as: Employment and Human Resources, Real Estate, Construction, Computer Software, Insurance Administration, Franchising, Media & Entertainment Production and Consulting Services. Scott Goldberg handled merger and acquisition transactions and drafted and reviewed many agreements for the companies’ operations including, but not limited to: Letters of Intent, Line of Credit Agreements, Promissory Notes, Assignments, Consultant Agreements, Security Agreements, Personal Guaranties, Licenses, Stock and Membership Purchase Agreements, Letters of Default, Demand Letters, Vendor Agreements, Lease Agreements and Employment Agreements.
Scott Goldberg has been a guest speaker for the film program at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida, for the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, and for the entertainment business and media program at Full Sail University. Scott Goldberg has been a guest panelist for the Florida Bar’s 24/7 Online CLE course entitled “What’s The Deal?”; lecturing on business and Intellectual Property issues in connection with film, music and television productions. Scott Goldberg has also been published in “Screen Talk Magazine” and “Script Magazine.”
Born and raised in Miami Florida, Scott Goldberg has been a resident of Orlando Florida for 10 years. Scott Goldberg has family located in Sarasota / Bradenton Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Brooklyn New York, and Southeast Georgia. Scott Goldberg enjoys playing the guitar and is known for his extensive knowledge of music trivia.
* Member of The Florida Bar
* United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
* Orange County Bar Association
* Florida Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Section
* Florida Bar Business Law Section
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Appearances before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Arbitration of Cybersquatting issues and claims, Arts, Assignments and recordation, Athlete and celebrity endorsement and appearance agreements, Business and corporate setup, Business Corporate Partnerships, Cast and crew agreements, Clearing sampling rights, Commercial, Commercial advertising, Concert promotion, Content licensing agreements, Contract and compliance services for website operators, Contract disputes, Contractual protection of trade secrets, Copyright registration, Copyright searches, Corporate formalities including operating agreements, meeting resolutions, Counsel and represent web service providers, ISP, and content providers, Counseling and representing producers, writers, actors, directors, and crafts-persons, Counseling and representing record labels, music Counseling on appropriate trademark usage in advertising, commercials and packaging, credit disputes, Customs recordation, Cybersquatting, Distribution agreement, Employment, severance and restrictive covenant agreements, Entertainment, Event sponsorship agreements, Federal and state trademark registration, Film finance agreement, Finance agreements, including applicable securities agreements and UCC filings, Finder’s fee agreements, Foreign trademark registration, Foreign trademark registration, Formation of independent record labels and management, production, Intellectual Property, Intellectual property licensing and assignment agreements, Internet domain name disputes, Interpretation of domestic and foreign rights, Licensing, Licensing and contract negotiation, Licensing of trademarks and service marks, Life story rights agreements, Litigation of cybersquatting claims, Litigation of disputes relating to trade secret theft and unfair competition, Litigation of trademark and copyright infringement, Litigation, mediation and arbitration of copyright matters, Location agreements, Media and Communications, Merchandising, Merchandising and Licensing, Modeling contracts, Music licensing for video games, Music royalties collection, Music and interactive entertainment, Negotiating and drafting band agreements, Negotiating and drafting music licenses (including synchronization, mechanical, master use, and performing rights licenses), Negotiating and drafting recording, publishing, producing, and tour-related agreements, Negotiating with ASCAP and BMI, Negotiating with performing rights organizations, Negotiation of literary and screenplay rights, Negotiation of music and branding-related clearances, Negotiation of publishing rights related to theater productions, Non-disclosure agreements, Opposition and cancellation proceedings, Option agreements and other matters relating to underlying rights, Organizational documents for musical groups, Podcast advertising contracts, Pre-production review for television, film and print media, Privacy, publicity and defamation issues, Product placement agreements, Production, finance and distribution agreements, Protection of rights in merchandising properties, Purchase and sale of independent record labels and other entertainment entities, Registration of copyright, Registration, maintenance and enforcement of copyright, trademark and other intellectual property rights, Review and negotiation of license, assignment and royalty agreements, Review and negotiation of recording, CD and music video production and management agreements, Review and negotiation of television and film talent agreements, Rights clearance, Sale and purchase of a business, Securities regulations (state and federal) of film financing, Shareholder agreements and stock pledge agreements, Site development and production agreements, Strategic and legal advice relating to licensing and delivery of digital information, Talent Management and Agent Contracts, Technology, Trademark and service mark registration, filings and appeals, Trademark searches and interpretation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of singers, songwriters, bands, and corporate entities, Trademark or service mark selection and development, Trademarking band names logos, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secret, Union and guild matters, Web design contracts, Web rights litigation and arbitration, Website disclaimers, Work-For-Hire agreements between movie producers and scoring musicians., Work-for-hire contracts, 360 deal, 360 record deal, dga, directors guild, sag, screen actors guild, iatse, 360 record deal, reality show, reality show contract, reality show agreement, film industry lobbyist, film industry advocate, film tax incentive, film tax rebate.
Entertainment Attorney Lawyer Orlando Florida Copyright Trademark - Hetz, Jones & Goldberg, LLC
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Building 22A, Suite 206
Orlando, FL 32819