Beveridge & Diamond

Media, Entertainment, and Sports Law

The Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. team offers practical, responsive and dedicated advice to its clients in all aspects of media, entertainment, and sports law.  We provide experienced counsel to newspapers, editors, reporters, writers, artists, comics, and composers of parody to assist them in being successful in today’s fast-paced and multi-disciplined media and entertainment arena. We regularly advise our clients on First Amendment and intellectual property issues, involving free speech, confidentiality, defamation, invasion of privacy, and copyright and trademark infringement.  In the music sector such representation extends to recording artists, musicians, producers, managers, recording studios, publishers and songwriters, providing them with the legal framework in which their creative talent and intellectual property rights are protected.

Our media team advises clients on the legalities of obtaining and disseminating information, ideas and opinions, with an emphasis on risk management and avoiding litigation.  We have successfully helped reporters in protecting the confidentiality of their sources and background materials.  When litigation cannot be avoided after the publishing of provocative ideas and opinions, our experience and ability to handle the most complex litigation matters enables us to vigorously defend and protect our clients’ First Amendment rights.  In all aspects of our media practice we partner with our clients to define and achieve their attainable goals in an efficient and result-oriented manner.

Our representation of clients in the music industry includes the drafting and negotiation of record, television, publishing, touring, producer, management, distribution, merchandising, corporate sponsorship, and license agreements - and the protection of our clients’ rights in both federal and state court.

In addition to providing counsel to clients in the media and entertainment industries, for almost 20 years the Firm has had a Sports Law practice specializing in the negotiation of player contracts primarily in the National Football League. Over the years, we have represented more than 50 NFL players. Our clients have included a number of high ranking draft choices: Rashard Anderson of the Carolina Panthers (First round, 2000); Ervin Collier New England Patriots (Third round, 1994); Duane Young of the San Diego Chargers (Fifth round, 1992); Arthur Jimmerson of the Oakland Raiders (Sixth round, 1992); Johnnie Barnes of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Fifth round, 1990); Lewis Tillman of the New York Giants (Fourth Round, 1989); Jimmie Johnson of the Washington Redskins (Twelfth round, 1989), among others.  We have also represented many free agents who successfully made NFL teams.

Representative Matters
Representative Matters

Among other matters, we:

  • successfully resisted the threat of breach of copyright litigation by the Associated Press, and obtained AP's permission to allow our clients to maintain a popular parody on the World Wide Web;
  • successfully resisted attempts to compel reporters to produce notes and identify confidential sources (State of Maryland v. Martin, Indictment No. 199040021-26 (Md. Cir. Ct. July 19, 1999); State of Maryland v. Johnson, No. 196274031 (Md. Cir. Ct. January 23, 1998)); Waicker v. Baltimore City Paper, No. 95111044/CL195794 (Md. Cir. Ct., Baltimore City 1996);
  • obtained favorable jury verdicts for an artist, a reporter and a newspaper in a defamation and invasion of privacy litigation (Gupta v. Scranton Times Ltd. Partnership, No. 96257063/CL217301 (Md. Cir. Ct., Baltimore City 1998));
  • obtained summary judgment for a newspaper and two reporters in defamation litigation (Waicker v. Baltimore City Paper, No. 95111044/CL195794 (Md. Cir. Ct., Baltimore City 1996), affd. 688 A.2d 535 (1997); Cochran v. Baltimore City Paper, No. MJG 91-322 (D. Md. 1991));
  • obtained dismissal for a newspaper in a defamation and invasion of privacy action (Dunford v. Baltimore City Paper, No. B-90-751 (D. Md. 1990)); and
  • negotiated record industry and television contracts for a talented singer and musician who was nominated for a Billboard Music Award in 2005.