If the artist is in Louisiana, they can contact an organization called The Ella Project. This fantastic resource provides valuable assistance to artists all over the state!
Heard was delighted to speak with one of The Ella Project's founders, Gene Meneray, about what the organization does and how it came into existence!
• Worked with a brass band musician on enforcing his right of publicity and the misappropriation of his image and likeness by Coca-Cola and Popeye’s in connection with their 2017 holiday campaign. Our client’s image was directly copied and used without his authorization on billboards and product packaging. We were able to research and locate all the evidence required to demonstrate that Coca-Cola and Popeye's used our client's image without his permission. We issued letters of demand with notices that both companies cease and desist further use of our client's image, and ultimately secured a significant sum for our client as a settlement for the past unauthorized use of his image.
• Worked with a Mardi Gras Indian queen to register her new suit with the U.S. Copyright Office and to get our help taking down unauthorized images depicting our client and her suit and being sold without her permission. Along with the copyright registration, we prepared letters of demand to the violating parties, resulting in the infringing party ceased from further violation, took down the unauthorized images, & compensated our client.
• Worked with a visual artist to develop best practices and tools for selling her original oil paintings to collectors, in physical galleries and in the online marketplace. We crafted less daunting but enforceable agreements for commissioned pieces, and revised her existing gallery contracts. We were able to sit down with the artist and work with what she defined as measurable success, and because we are able to meet with each client more than just a single consultation, we had the time to connect her to what she needed to move her business forward.