What We Do

The firm primarily provides legal services regarding agreements in the music, film, visual arts and literacy fields. Included below is a list of various specific agreements that we can review, comment on, negotiate or draft on your behalf.

The firm also has expertise in the other legal areas outlined below. For other legal matters not listed, we may assist you by referring you to our network of skilled practitioners.

Our current hourly rates are $385 for Paul Sanderson and $200 for Paul Irvine. Contact us for an estimate.

Agreements - Music

Agents and Managers

  • Booking agent

  • Co-management

  • Management

  • Agency

Music Publishing

  • Administration

  • Composer-publisher single song and exclusive term

  • Co-publishing

  • Mechanical licences

  • Sale of music publishing catalogue

  • Sub-publishing

  • Synchronization licences

  • Collaborators’ Agreements

Music for Film, Television, Video, Video Games and Multi-Media

  • Composer Agreement

  • Master use and synchronization licensing

  • Music video production

Recording

  • Deal shopping

  • Development deals

  • Distribution

  • Domestic and foreign licensing of record masters

  • Industry codes

  • Labeling, credit and notices

  • Master purchase and sale

  • Master use licence

  • Participation

  • Producer

  • Recording

  • Record production

  • Remixer

Merchandising and Endorsements

  • Commercial tie-ins

  • Endorsements

  • Merchandising

  • Merchandising licences

Live Performance

  • Contracts and riders

  • Sound and light agreements

  • Transportation agreements

General

  • Agreements for musicians’ services

  • Amending agreements and addenda

  • Contracts with minors

  • Guarantees

  • Indemnities

  • Musical group partnership

  • Personal service Agreements

  • Promissory notes

  • Participation

  • Representation Agreements

  • Review of accounting and royalty statements

  • Confidentiality

  • Non-disclosure

Visual Arts

  • Artist-Dealer Agreement

  • Collaborative agreement

  • Copyright Licenses

  • Private and Public Commission Agreements

  • Model Releases

Literacy

  • Author - Publisher

  • Co-writer Agreement

  • Collaborative Agreement

Film and Television

  • Option Aagreement (Rights Acquisition)

  • Writer Agreement

  • Performer

  • E+O Ppinion

  • Personal and location release

CORPORATE

INCORPORATION

The approximate cost of legal fees and disbursements is approximately $1,600.00 plus HST.

The breakdown is approximately $900 or $1,100 for legal fees which involves the proper organization of the company once incorporated and approximately $700 for disbursements. Disbursements are out of pocket costs expended on your behalf including government filing fee, minute book and share certificates.

SHAREHOLDERS AGREEMENT

Fees for Shareholder agreements begin at $1,500 plus HST.

BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATION
    
Business name registration and disbursements – Legal fees plus disbursements is $250.00.

DISSOLUTION OF A CORPORATION

Dissolution of a corporation – legal fees $225, plus disbursements.

TRADEMARKS

CANADIAN TRADEMARK REGISTRATION

(1)  The government fee for filing a trade mark application is currently     
$300.00 and the cost of the registration is $200.00 for a total of $500.00.

(2)  Legal fees for drafting the trademark application and correspondence with the CIPO (Canadian Intellectual Property Office) are in addition to the disbursements and are approximately $1,000 for routine trade mark applications.

(3)  The cost of a Canadian trademark application that proceeds in a routine manner (i.e., with few substantive legal issues raised by the CIPO TM Examiner) to registration inclusive of fees and disbursements between $1,500.00 - $2,000.00.

COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION

Canadian – Quote upon request.
Government filing fee per title - $50.00 CDN online or $65.00 CDN by mail.

U.S. – Quote upon request.
Government filing fee per title - $35.00 U.S.D.


OTHER

NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES

All notarization services are provided by Paul Sanderson, Barrister & Solicitor who is a qualified Notary Public and Commissioner-of-Oaths in and for the Province of Ontario.

Notarization of one (1) document - $45.00 + HST

Notarization of each additional document - $20.00 + HST

AFFIDAVITS

Consent to travel documents - $55.00 + HST

Draft and notarization of affidavits and statutory declarations (Please contact us for a quote).

WILLS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY

Wills and Powers of Attorney packages - $450 + HST