For everybody active in a creative context
Françoise Carlier develops feasible solutions for
- Entrepreneurs using creative work of third parties
- Authors and performing artists
- Software and game-developers
- Lawyers and attorneys at law needing expertise in intellectual property rights
For freelancers with a creative assignment
As an individual you need not be in a weaker position when aiming to protect the value of your original creation and start marketing it.
You are a free lance photographer, a choreographer, product designer, graphic designer, a software or game developer, screen writer or music composer,…
- How do you avoid abuse of your intellectual property rights, risk of plagiarism or pirating?
- Is your name or logo becoming a brand? What are the consequences of this choice?
- How do you protect the intellectual property of a creation or brand?
- Do you keep this IP and exploit it yourself or do you license it?
- How do you define or limit your responsibility in case of errors?
A balanced approach and follow up allows you to concentrate on what you like most, creation.
Make use of Françoise Carlier’s skills for:
For companies that use creative work of others
Collaboration with various parties is a daily matter in the creative industry.
Your own original creations or those of your team are your core business?
- A website, advertising spot, logo, software, … How do you as a company use copyrighted work by third parties, performances by artists, software developed by employees or freelancers?
- How do you avoid putting your production at risk because of infringements of intellectual property rights by your supplier?
- How do you describe and limit your responsibility in contracts in case of errors or problems?
- How do you develop a balanced revenue model, what do you agree with regard to revenue sharing of exploitations based upon intellectual property rights?
- Is your portfolio of intellectual property transparent and coherent in view of a merger or acquisition process?
Françoise Carlier helps you define a clear view from the start …
… thus creating maximum added value with a minimum of problems through a well-defined strategy , legally sound agreements regarding copyright or intellectual property. Agreements where she’ll also consider commercial law, employment law, trademarks….
Contact Françoise Carlier at every step of the development and exploitation of your investments in intellectual property.
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For Audio-Visual and live entertainment producers
As audio-visual or live entertainment producer, producer of games, you collaborate with authors, composers, performing artists, all contributing to a finished production.
The Belgian copyright legislation is complex. Certainly for co-productions between many partners, nationally or internationally, in entertainment programs, fiction, animation- and live-action projects.
- Agreements made need to be in conformity with directives issued by external financing partners.
- How do you define the calculation basis for royalties?
- What to do when cooperation stops or suddenly turns sour?
- How do you protect the chain of copyright title in view of worldwide exploitation of the production?
- How do you translate this in clear co-production or other contracts, also considering the strict Belgian tax shelter rules?
- What are points of attention, risks and opportunities concerning collective rights management?
Ask Françoise Carlier to help you both with the analysis, legal opinion and implementation in your operational activity.
For attorneys at law and company lawyers
Only a few lawyers in Belgium enjoy a similar long and pragmatic experience as Françoise Carlier when relating to the legal implications of the use and ownership of intellectual property rights.
The focus on IP in general and more specifically on copyright- and related rights, linked to the creative industry allows Françoise Carlier to provide expert advice. Through her experience, both from the creator as from the user’s point of view , she perfectly assesses the sensitivities of all parties and helps develop clear arguments and a solid negotiation strategy.
Consequently, you can contact her as sub-contractor in case you need:
- (Temporary or ad hoc) support and review of your own legal opinion towards your client;
- Participation in a due-diligence process relating to an (international ) IP portfolio. Françoise Carlier has a very thorough expertise when it concerns audit and management of such portfolio’s. She can give a very structured and clear description of value, legal strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, allowing your client-buyer or seller to assess what exactly is being bought or sold, thus allowing for sound business decisions.
- Counselling of company lawyers in the development of an inhouse strategy related to the use of intellectual property rights;
- Assistance in drafting template contracts related to acquisition, licensing and use of intellectual property rights;
- Help in negotiations and drafting of contracts for acquisition, license or exploitation of intellectual property rights.