Attorney Shannon Ligon is a wonderful woman whom I met at a Black Student Union meeting on campus when I first began my education at Full Sail. Her law firm Ligon LawGroup is based through out Florida. Ligon was very inspirational when coming to talk to our group on campus and created a positive mindset for how successful I would want my career to be. I had the pleasure of interviewing and getting to know Ligon on a personal level.
Attorney Ligon received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida State University. While doing this, she also studied International Business abroad at the Universidad de Valencia in Valencia, Spain. She also received her certification in Television & Radio Broadcasting from CSB School of Broadcasting back in 2004. Ligon has worked in the Entertainment field for almost a decade. She has worked in the entertainment and sports industry for the past 8 years and has been involved in managing artist and athletes, A & R’s, as well as collecting numerous trusted networking contacts throughout the past 9+ years.
When interviewing Attorney Ligon, she broke down how she handles contracts within her company. Whether it was upholding the law and duties as an attorney, acquiring endorsements from her clients, (artist and athletes), or copyright infringement, Ligon says she has experienced it all. As a musician and producer, I asked Ligon has there ever been a situation where a beat or song was either stolen or borrowed from someone without them knowing and if so, did they ever find out?
Ligon brought up a story about her working with Richard DeLuca of Integrated Sports Management Company. She explained that working with DeLuca opened her eyes to new endorsements deals and how she had to negotiate for her clients based on their needs as well as acquire the needs of the companies that were being endorsed.
“Copyright infringement can be a very slippery slope. Take for example, a beat is mixed and used, the beat is not making any money. You may send a cease & desist letter rather than suing the individual. One of the ways you can ensure there is no “bad blood” or “black balling” is to consider using that individuals beats in the future. Just because someone may possibly infringe on your intellectual property doesn’t mean that you, (the artist or producer), wont want to work with them again; you just want to be recognized for your work and/or compensated. Always be careful “who” you decide to sue; you never want to rub the “right person” the wrong way.”
She also stated that there are plenty of times when major artists find a beat and want to use it, but cannot find the originator of the created beat. The producer is then not found until they possibly hear their beat/s on an album.
Attorney Shannon Ligon is a great person to listen to and has motivated me to learn more about the law, therefore knowing how to protect myself in certain situations. I am very pleased in meeting Ligon and hope she continues to pursue her career at a high level in the Entertainment Law field.