IPC Attorney, Rick Sahuc, recently assisted client Des Kensel in securing an amicable agreement finalizing his departure from the Grammy-winning metal band, High On Fire.
In a post on his personal Instagram account, Kensel shares "As a founding member of High on Fire, I feel blessed to have spent the last 21 years traveling around the world pursuing my childhood dream to write and play music. After eight albums, countless tours, and a Grammy win, I am very thankful for what we have been able to accomplish as a band."
As a founding member and the band's drummer for over two decades, Kensel's departure involved complex issues concerning ownership and valuation of trademarks, copyrights, and royalty streams. If you have questions regarding intellectual property issues, the team of professionals at IPC can help. Give us a call at 504-322-7166.
IPC attorney, Richard Sahuc, performed work on Unhinged on behalf of client Ingenious Media, who provided funding for the Russell Crowe led road rage thriller filmed in and around New Orleans. Solstice Studios, who produced the film in partnership with Ingenious Media, originally scheduled the film’s release for September but moved the release date up in a gamble to make Unhinged the first "post-pandemic shut-down" blockbuster theatrical release on July 10 as theaters are expected to begin reopening across the country. You can view the trailer for the movie here.
Entertainment projects like film often involve multiple intellectual property concerns: trademarks, copyrights, licensing, publicity rights and, in today's world, internet and social media issues. IPC's experience in each of these fields provides the ability to direct our clients through the multi-faceted entertainment field.
If you have a project in the entertainment industry and have questions regarding intellectual property concerns, call our professionals at 504-322-7166.
IPC Obtains Favorable Settlement in Music Royalty Lawsuit Against Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment
IPC client Maurice "Kenoe" Jordan and his publishing company, Nightrydas, have entered into a settlement with Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment resolving the parties' dispute over music royalties. Earlier this year IPC filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Kenoe and Nightrydas alleging that Cash Money and Young Money had failed to pay Kenoe and Nightrydas royalties owed for production services related to Lil Wayne's well-known hits Nightmares of the Bottom and Gotti.
In October, the Court entered judgment against Cash Money for approximately $125,000 and against Young Money for approximately $100,000. The settlement satisfies the judgment and resolves all of the disputes raised in the lawsuit. IPC's Kent Barnett was lead counsel for plaintiffs.
IPC's attorneys routinely represent clients involved in royalty disputes in a variety of industries, including music, film and print. Lawsuits regarding allegations of unpaid royalties can often be complex, requiring in-depth understanding of the industry's practice and, often, forensic auditing. Please contact Kent Barnett if you have questions or concerns regarding royalties.