French’s Legal Practice Influenced by Interest in Music
Although Pilar French, Shareholder in the Portland office, focuses her practice on litigation, her personal interest in music has been an influence on her professional practice. When not working her day job, Pilar has been playing guitar and singing, first with many local bands and now with her own band, the “Pilar French Intention” or “The Intention” for short. She formed the band as a means to showcase several songs she had written.
When Pilar and her band set out to release their debut CD, Butterflies, Pilar found herself learning a lot about copyright law through the production process.
“I understood that I had a copyright for each song I had written but needed to figure out whether the whole band would take a right in production of the songs,” says Pilar. “My bandmates agreed to be workers for hire so that I could maintain the production rights as well.”
Pilar has also provided legal services to various festivals in town, including Siren Nation and Forty Days for Uganda. She also serves on the board for the Rock Camp for Girls, a nonprofit music camp, and most recently she has been asked to be a guest blogger for The Oregonian on music law issues such as the regulation of Internet radio.