Legal Advice

Artists' Legal Advice Services
Welcome to Artists’ Legal Advice Services, also known as ALAS. We provide free summary legal advice to artists living in Ontario, Canada.  Our offices are located in downtown Toronto.  For more than a decade, ALAS has been helping artists, actors, musicians, dancers, writers, and filmmakers address their legal problems.  Issues typically dealt with include contracts, defamation, copyright, trademarks & royalties or other payments.

Here are some suggestions for professional paid legal advice.

William Genereux
Barrister & Solicitor
200 Adelaide Street West, Suite 500
Toronto, ON
M5H 1W7

Richard Hanet
Lewis Birnberg Hanet
693 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON
M4M 1G6
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Paul Sanderson
Barrister & Solicitor
577 Kingston Road 
Suite 303
Toronto, ON
M4E 1R3

Byron Pascoe

#204 411 Roosevelt Ave 
Ottawa, ON 
K2A 3X9

Understanding Songwriter Agreements
The S.A.C. has identified the kinds of agreements/contracts that are beneficial to a broad spectrum of songwriters: Collaboration, Co-Publishing, Work for Hire and Standard Songwriting Agreements. Legal counsel provided detailed commentary and explanatory notes on each of the contracts. 
It is in the best interest of the songwriter to be knowledgeable of fair treatment language and content even when negotiating with a standard template publisher agreement.

A Project made possible by the Ontario Music Fund. 

Disclaimer: Songwriters Association of Canada posts this list as a resource to members.  Publishing these posts does not imply that the S.A.C. endorses the teacher, product, service, or company.