Legal Issues for Artists

Legal Issues for Artists 

with Brooks Rice of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Protect yourself and your artwork.  This informative presentation will cover the various legal issues affecting creatives. Discussions will include important contractual terms, copyright protection, business formations, licensing creative works, trademark basics, and debunking general concepts like “fair use” and “public domain”.


Brooks Rice runs a small law practice based in his hometown of Austin, Texas, focusing on the entertainment, intellectual property, and small business matters facing artists and creative entrepreneurs. Licensed in both Texas and California, Brooks helps his clients evaluate best practices for protecting their online and creative properties and assists artists in protecting and monetizing their artistic creations. His clients include record labels, producers, sound engineers, recording studios, musicians, film-makers, website owners, managers, actors, voice actors, authors, and business owners and he regularly assists with copyright and trademark registrations.

Brooks continues to be very active in the Austin music community and volunteers for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts where he has served on the board of directors since 2013.  He recently was a contributing researcher for the ground-breaking Austin Music Census released in 2015 and has also given talks for the Austin Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Association, The Austin Film Society, and the 2014 BlogathonATX.

When Brooks is not at work, he continues to write and perform music as a guitarist, is an avid scuba diver, and does his best to keep up with his growing family and two new babies.