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Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. is an entertainment lawyer in Nashville Tennessee with over 20 years experience. One of Nashville's premier entertainment, intellectual property , technology and entrepreneur attorney and lawyer.

The Evolution of the Disney Princess Brand: Becoming the Best Selling Entertainment Licensor

By Samantha Jervey* When Walt Disney decided to personally license the image of Mickey Mouse in 1929, he had no idea that he would start a licensing revolution.[1] This deliberate act made by Walt is what ultimately laid the foundation for his company, thus bringing to life what is now known today as Disney Consumer [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:43:57+00:00 April 14th, 2014|Creative, Design, Featured, Licensing|Comments Off on The Evolution of the Disney Princess Brand: Becoming the Best Selling Entertainment Licensor

Logan Brill on an upward trajectory

  By Emily Fitzmaurice Nashville is long overdue for a fresh songwriter like Logan Brill. Since Brill’s freshman release, Walking Wires debuted in late last year, this 22-year-old Knoxville native didn’t lose any momentum in the Country and Americana music scene, scoring tons of accolades from industry and press alike. For example, Brill’s Walking Wires [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:43:58+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Client Activity|Comments Off on Logan Brill on an upward trajectory

REVIEW: Global Effect’s Automatic Call Recorder & the legal implications of call recording

As an attorney, the majority of my practice hinges on the “devil” in the details, i.e., the minutia of a conversation can make all the difference in a deal or transaction, particularly when I’m trying to draft an accurate contract reflecting that deal.  Sometimes, I wish I had the assistance of someone like Lily Tomlin [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:43:58+00:00 March 25th, 2014|Gadget Reviews, Technology|Comments Off on REVIEW: Global Effect’s Automatic Call Recorder & the legal implications of call recording

A day in the life of a Smartwatch Enabled Lawyer–Round 3

Yes, I have been on a reviewing kick in the past few months.  In December of last year I reprised an old article I had written as “A Day in the Life of a Smartphone Enabled Lawyer, which you can read here.  In it, I hinted at the upcoming trend of “wearables” that were about [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:43:59+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Gadget Reviews, Technology|Comments Off on A day in the life of a Smartwatch Enabled Lawyer–Round 3

Leopardi Featured on Forbes!

Kudos to my good friend and old client, Jay Leopardi, one of the foremost branding experts in the country was recently featured on Forbes.com in an article by contributor George Bradt.  The article is titled The New Reality of Social Media: Engaging your Audience Where They Are.  The article highlights Jay’s wealth of experience in [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:43:59+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on Leopardi Featured on Forbes!

A Day in the Life of a Smartphone Enabled Lawyer – Reprise

  BY BARRY NEIL SHRUM, ESQ. In the early days of the Internet and the PDA phase of technological development, I wrote an article entitled A Day in the Life of a PDA-Enabled Lawyer. Because of the novelty of the technology at the time, the article went viral at a time when no one knew [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:43:59+00:00 November 22nd, 2013|Gadget Reviews|Comments Off on A Day in the Life of a Smartphone Enabled Lawyer – Reprise

Gorilla Photographer: When is a photograph original?

Written by Amber Shultz* Edited by Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. A recent headline on the BBC News was “Jersey Gorilla Turns Photographer at Durrell Park.” The story was about a silverback gorilla at Durrell Wildlife Park in New Jersey named Ya Kwanza, who was given a high-definition camera in an indestructible box. While examining the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law|Comments Off on Gorilla Photographer: When is a photograph original?

Leopardi’s Common Denominator appears in bright lights in the Big Apple

If you look closely at the bottom of photograph to left, you’ll see my client, Jay Leopardi, and his new show Common Denominator, featured in the bright lights in New York City.  None other than Times Square!  Congrats to Jay and president of IC Places, Inc., owners of PunchTV, who will fund and host the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00 July 31st, 2012|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Music Industry|Comments Off on Leopardi’s Common Denominator appears in bright lights in the Big Apple

Save the Music America to air PSA’s on CMT and GAC

In 2009 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimated 95% of all digitally downloaded music was obtained illegally. This leaves only 5% of potential revenue to be distributed between all those who play a part in today’s music culture, including the most affected group, songwriters and music publishers. While some opponents dispute that number, [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00 July 30th, 2012|Client Activity, Digital Downloads, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News|Comments Off on Save the Music America to air PSA’s on CMT and GAC

Jay Leopardi to produce new television series, Common Denominator

My client and long term friend, Jay Leopardi continues to build a remarkable brand.  Not only is Jay working the THE Shark, Daymond John on several projects, but he just landed a tr emendous opportunity in the world of entertainment.  Jay has agreed to produce a series of interviews with various bu siness leaders to take his viewers on [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00 July 25th, 2012|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law|Comments Off on Jay Leopardi to produce new television series, Common Denominator