Our services are focused in three main areas: entertainment law (music, film/tv, literary/publishing, visual arts/design, performing arts, digital media/interactive), intellectual property law (trade-mark, copyright), and business law (corporate, non-profit, charity).

As artists and entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand and appreciate our clients’ needs in a way that few other legal service providers do. We offer tailored fee structures, sophisticated but intelligible advice, and comprehensive strategies so the services our clients receive are the services they actually need – nothing more, nothing less.

SERVICES | Entertainment & Media Law

Entertainment & Media Law

Our entertainment lawyers have extensive expertise in negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts in the music industry. We represent recording artists, songwriters, independent record labels, music publishers, producers, and concert promoters in all aspects of their personal career and professional development.

In film and television, we advise producers, directors, writers, actors, and independent production companies on the development and production of documentaries, feature films, television, and multi-platform series. We work with our clients from script to screen, providing option/purchase agreements, errors & omissions opinions, cast and crew agreements,  releases, distribution agreements, and more.

We also provide services in digital media/interactive arts, including non-disclosure agreements, content acquisition agreements, content provider agreements, and user agreements.

Our clients in the performing arts include producers, designers, playwrights, actors, and directors. We also work with non-profit theatres and dance organizations for day-to-day matters such as not-for-profit incorporation and governance.

In literary/publishing we represent authors, agents, illustrators, and book publishers, providing general counsel, contract review, and libel vetting services.

As artists ourselves, we love to represent clients in the visual arts.  We offer full spectrum services to fine artists, photographers, graphic designers, art galleries, and artist collectives.

 

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Literary/Publishing

  • Writer Agreements
  • Publishing Agreements
  • Option Agreements
  • General Counsel
  • Libel Vetting

Digital Media/Interactive

  • Counselling on the collection, screening, editing, and publication of user-generated content
  • Conducting pre-publication review of materials for defamation, privacy, and other publication torts
  • Drafting employment and freelancer agreements
  • Drafting design and development services agreements
  • Drafting non-competition, non-circumvention and confidentiality agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting collaboration agreements
  • Advice on advertising, sweepstakes, and contest laws
  • Drafting non-disclosure agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting intellectual property license and assignment agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting software and other vendor agreements
  • Conducting trade-mark clearance searches for project names and other logos, symbols, and taglines
  • Registration of trade-marks, including project names and other logos, symbols, and taglines
  • Preparation and filing of copyright applications for the registration of online works
  • Counselling on copyright licenses, both in respect of individuals works and the use of third-party works
  • Preparing and revising website terms of use and privacy policies

Visual Arts/Graphic Design

  • Agent/Dealer Agreements
  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Copyright Licences
  • Exhibition Loan Agreements
  • Model Releases
  • Commission Agreements
  • Design Services Agreements

Film/TV

  • Producer, Director, Writer Agreements (Guild and non-Guild)
  • Cast & Crew Agreements
  • Errors and Omissions Opinions
  • Releases: Talent, Location, Interview
  • Option/Purchase Agreements
  • Broadcast Licences
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Music Clearances
  • Composer Agreements

Music

  • Booking Agent Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Publishing Agreements
  • Co-Publishing Agreements
  • Mechanical Licences
  • Synchronization Licences
  • Master Use Licence
  • Distribution
  • Producer Agreements
  • Recording Agreements (including 360 deals and joint ventures)
  • Performance Agreements And Riders
  • Music Video Production
  • Merchandising

Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts
  • Talent Agreements
  • Rights Acquisition
  • Production Agreements
  • Production Services (including Cast & Crew, and Facilities Agreements)
  • Booking, Touring, and Presentation Agreements
  • Licenses and Permits

ALL OUR SERVICES ARE OFFERED IN AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE FRAMEWORK.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO US THAT OUR CLIENTS UNDERSTAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.


ABOUT | Intellectual Property Law

Copyright & Trademark

Copyright is literally defined as “the right to copy”. As the creator of an original literary, dramatic, artistic, or musical work, you exclusively own the copyright to that work. In other words, you’re the only one who has the right to use what you created — anyone wanting to ‘copy’ your work (by way of reproduction, performance, or exhibition) needs to get your permission first. We can help you secure your copyrights through formal registration.

Trade-marks are also important intellectual property protections for anyone in any type of business, but especially the creative industries. A trade-mark is a unique ‘mark’ (e.g., name, logo, slogan) used to identify your brand — your band name for example!

Whether you’re just starting out and need to obtain a trade-mark (registration), or you’ve already registered your trade-mark and someone is out there touting themselves as you (infringement), we can help you protect your brand.

We specialize in thorough searches (registrability and availability opinions) and carefully tailored drafting (registration applications), so that you can rest assured that you have the strongest trade-mark possible.

In addition to registration, we offer a variety of copyright and trade-mark infringement services including, ‘cease and desist’ letters and dispute resolution. Despite having experience in complex litigation, we prefer not to litigate; instead we encourage early, amicable, and fair settlement.

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Intellectual Property

  • Trade-mark/Copyright Assignment and Licensing Agreements
  • Software License Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Registrations (copyright and trade-mark)

Intellectual Property Audit Services

  • Identifying your business’ intellectual property
  • Reviewing existing agreements involving your business’ intellectual property
  • Identifying your intellectual property needs (what documents need to be drafted, trade-mark or copyright registrations that need to be filed or maintained, etc.)

ALL OUR SERVICES ARE OFFERED IN AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE FRAMEWORK.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO US THAT OUR CLIENTS UNDERSTAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.


SERVICES | Business Law

CORPORATE, NON-PROFIT & CHARITY LAW

We can help you set up, maintain, and protect your business through: federal and provincial incorporation, business name registration, and non-compete and confidentiality agreements. We especially love working with non-profits and charitable organizations, and offer discounted rates for good people doing good things.

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Internet/Web

  • Terms of Use/Terms of Service
  • End User License Agreements (EULA)
  • Privacy Policies
  • Various Disclaimers

Service Agreements

  • Professional Service Agreements

For-Profit Entity Formation/Incorporation

  • Application for Incorporation (Federal and Provincial)
  • Minute Books (Bylaws, Initial Resolutions of the Board of Directors)
  • Notarizations
  • Annual Corporate Filings

Charities/Non-Profits

  • Application for Registered Charitable Status
  • Maintenance of Registered Charitable Status
  • Advice in respect of CRA requirements
  • Non-Profit Incorporation
  • Governance and Bylaws
  • Presentations to boards, staff, and volunteers on legal issues

Employment

  • Employment Offer Letters
  • Employment Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements/Contractor Agreements

Advertising/Marketing

  • Copy review and clearance (specialized industries)
  • Contest rules and regulations (including Regie registration in Quebec)
  • Cross-promotion Agreements
  • Sponsorship Agreements
  • Agency Services Agreements

ALL OUR SERVICES ARE OFFERED IN AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE FRAMEWORK.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO US THAT OUR CLIENTS UNDERSTAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.


ABOUT | Julie MacDonell Law

JULIE MACDONELL LAW IS A BOUTIQUE TORONTO ENTERTAINMENT LAW FIRM.

Julie MacDonell

is a Toronto entertainment lawyer and registered trade-mark agent. She is also a creator (artist and filmmaker) and entrepreneur. She holds a BFA in Film Studies from the Ryerson University School of Image Arts, an LLB from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and an LLM (thesis pending) from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

She has several years experience providing services in all aspects of entertainment, business, and intellectual property law practice. She was previously an Associate with Kate Henderson Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law (and still maintains an affiliate relationship with Kate). Until recently, Julie also taught courses in music law, contracts, business, and copyright at the Harris Institute.

Julie has worked as an Associate with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, one of Canada’s largest aboriginal law firms, where she gained experience in a variety of civil litigation matters, including complex aboriginal and treaty rights litigation. She also advised clients in respect of human rights law, administrative and employment law, and corporate, non-profit, and charitable law matters.

Julie’s experience in the Canadian media industry spans over 13 years and, before becoming a lawyer she worked with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and several divisions of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). She has been awarded for her work as a documentary filmmaker, and is the recipient of grants from the NFB and the Ontario Arts Council.

As a compliment to her love of law, Julie has a passionate interest in the use of art and media as tools for social change. Her most recent installation works, collectively titled, ‘Fragments & Sightings‘, were exhibited as part of the City of Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and featured in NOW Magazine’s Top 10 picks for Nuit Blanche 2010. ‘Fragments & Sightings’ involved contributions from Maher Arar and K’naan and was designed to generate public awareness and support of international human rights issues and the efforts of the Canadian Centre for International Justice.

Julie’s latest project applies collaborative design strategy to innovation in the delivery of legal services to low-income Ontarians.

Affiliates

We maintain affiliations with several experts. In the rare circumstance that we can’t handle your legal matter in-house, we’ll connect you with an experienced specialist we trust.


FEES | Providing Excellent Value

WE STRIVE TO DELIVER EXCELLENT VALUE TO OUR CLIENTS.

Unlike other Toronto entertainment lawyers, our paperless virtual office, lean staffing and low overhead allow us to assure affordable, dependable rates to our clients under a variety of rate structures.  In most cases, we charge on a fixed flat fee or per project basis, and at an hourly rate only where the work is inherently unpredictable.

Advantages of choosing Julie MacDonell Law:

  • Our entertainment lawyers are also artists and entrepreneurs which means that we understand the needs of our clients and their businesses.
  • We design customized plans for each and every client so the services they receive are the services they need.
  • Our clients can predict costs through our flat-fee/ per project services and pre-paid packages. No hidden fees; no surprises.
  • Our clients can easily access expert advice within tight budgets and timeframes.
  • AND…Initial Consultations and quick questions are always free.

 

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Hourly Rate Fees

Before starting any hourly rate work, we create a budget with our clients to make sure they get the best return for their money. We demonstrate clear accounting for the time spent on a client file by providing an itemized description of each service provided for the time charged. This ensures a relationship of trust with our clients.

Pre-Paid Package Rates for Startups, Small Businesses & Non-profits

We also provide special pre-paid packages tailored to the needs of startups, small businesses and non-profits  These flexible, part-time, pre-paid services are perfect for clients who require an on-going, part-time relationship with a lawyer but are not in a position to be able to hire in-house.  Packages are offered at near in-house rates because we believe that good legal counsel shouldn’t come at a premium.

Call us to schedule your free initial consultation and needs assessment.

Together, we’ll come up with a plan that fits your needs and budget perfectly.


Testimonials

  • Julie MacDonell and her team have consistently provided me with top notch legal services at an affordable rate. Julie’s likeable nature combined with her professionalism make her a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.

     

    Dan Jacob

  • Julie MacDonell has been a great asset to our company. Her knowledge  of the interactive digital media industry has been critical during our deal negotiations.  She is always available for a quick advice and her services are the perfect value for money.

     

    Damien Veran

  • Speaking as someone who’s not well versed in legal matters, I was very pleased with the way Julie MacDonell covered all my company’s needs, and did so in such a way that was both accessible and thorough. We can now move our projects forward with confidence.

     

    John Sanfilippo

  • I’ve worked with many lawyers in North America and Europe, and Julie MacDonell clearly stand out as the smartest and the most dedicated lawyer of them all.

     

    Olivier Berger

  • Julie MacDonell is an exceptional lawyer! She cares deeply about protecting and representing her clients. She takes the time to explain every detail of a contract. Her skills match her compassion, making her a rare gem in a competitive industry.

     

    Julie Daniluk

  • I was extremely impressed with Julie MacDonell. She was knowledgeable, responsive and very detailed. I truly felt that she had my best interests at heart and look forward to working with her again in the very near future.

     

    Andrea Nicholson


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 Julie Macdonell Law

Centre for Social Innovation — Annex
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2R4

P: 416.628.8364
E: info@lawforcreators.ca