What I Do

See my professional resume.

Since 1989, Iíve represented and advised businesses, organizations and individuals in the creative sphere.

Information, including text, images, sounds, and ideas, increasingly has become the currency of modern society. More than ever, those who create, own, and maintain such information need to protect and preserve their assets.

In addition to an extensive knowledge of general principles of law, I provide expertise in the areas of law that are implicated by creative and expressive endeavors, including the following areas:

  • Copyright law
  • Trademark law
  • Business formation
  • Licensing and transactions
  • Unfair trade practices
  • Computer law
  • Internet law
  • Media law
  • First Amendment law
  • Commercial law

Iíve represented artists of every type, civic organizations, small businesses, and multinational corporations. I am also a seasoned litigator, having represented various clients in state and federal courts in matters including copyright, trademark, the Visual Artists Rights Act, cybersquatting, defamation, civil rights, breach of contract, and commercial collections.

In the recent past, Iíve taught art & entertainment and copyright law at Albany Law School, Western New England College School of Law, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. I regularly guest lectures at colleges and high schools in the region, as well as to artist and professional groups. Please contact me if youíd like me to present to your organization.

Iím also is a professional musician, playing drums for the rock band Blotto. Iím proud to have the distinction of being the first person to appear on MTV wearing a Speedo. You can check out Blotto here, here, here, and here

Paul Rapp (photo by Richard Lovrich)