Patent attorney launches first-of-its-kind app to connect entertainment professionals and protect them from exploitation
By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer,
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Growing up, patent attorney Jean-Que Dar loved the arts. He was raised by immigrant parents from Haiti, and he was not allowed to have any friends, so he turned to music.
Dar could play any instrument that used the treble clef, and when it came time to watch college, he told his parents he wanted to be a musician.
Her mother strongly opposed her aspirations because she wanted her children to have stable and respectable careers, and she did not believe that music would lead Dar to a career.
However, his admiration for the arts and music endured, even while working as a prosecution specialist for a biopharmaceutical company in Los Angeles.
While in this role, Dar noticed that many people entering the entertainment industry came to the firm seeking legal advice to protect their intellectual property. Together with a team of partners, he decided to open IP Precise, to provide affordable services for IP lawsuits.
One day, a creative came into the business after being financially exploited by a man she had hired to help her develop a film project. Dar and her team worked diligently to locate the man and resolve the conflict, but Dar soon realized this was a common occurrence in the entertainment space.
“There’s a huge divide between people who work in the entertainment industry, they just don’t have access to each other,” Dar said. “Plus, with people who work in entertainment, they constantly find themselves talking to people who aren’t who they say they are.”
Dar launched faucet in July to serve as a secure global marketplace for entertainment professionals.
The application uses biometric software to verify the identity of people wishing to join the platform. After verifying them, tap and then authenticate their CV, verifying that they have actually worked on the productions and projects they have listed.
The app also allows users to create a professional network detailing people they have worked with in the entertainment industry, streamlining the process of building credible relationships. Dar refers to the tap as “LinkedIn on steroids for the entertainment industry”.
In recent years, viewers, activists and actors have denounced television and film for the lack of female representation and diversity behind and in front of the cameras. This is especially true for films and television that attempt to portray the black experience without including black voices in writers rooms, production, and onscreen.
Typically, the lack of representation is defended by claims that television networks and movie studios cannot easily find women or minorities who have the experience and skills to fill positions on set. . With access to the faucet, this defense breaks down.
Users can choose filters to find people who match specific ethnicities, races, and genders while having adequate experience in their profession.
The platform is also the first space in the entertainment industry where professionals can keep a record of their conversations forever through the use of blockchain technology. This feature is especially important for those in the music industry, which has a long history of sampling controversies.
On-demand chats can be used in court as evidence that an artist has given or withheld permission to use their music.
Although tap may apparently target creatives, the platform was created for all professionals in the entertainment industry, including producers, writers, directors, talent agents, and marketing coordinators.
Dar believes movie financiers will benefit the most from using the tap because of their direct access to popular productions, their ability to invest in those productions, and the app’s high level of privacy and security.
Currently, the beta version of tap is available on iOS for Los Angeles residents to download, and a full version for the larger population is planned for the end of September.
“For the first time, this platform provides a place where creatives and executives can be in the same room working on deals together, and I think that’s going to be a game-changer for the industry,” Dar said.
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