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Why is Entertainment Law Necessary?

The arts are governed by a multitude of confusing laws, old business structures, new business structures, and agreements.  Artists would certainly prefer to concentrate on the creative process rather than such formalities.  Artists are often blinded by the possibility of developing their art, fame, and money, and end up relying on the word of industry moguls and “keep the process simple.”  However, what they fail to realize is these laws and agreements are intended to protect their interests, intellectual property, craft, and needs. 

Common issues such as compensation, creative control, receiving credit and good will for a piece of art, the negotiation process, business and corporate set up, financial agreements with the necessary securities regulations  and transferring creative rights is enough to make anyone’s head spin.  Therefore, it is understandable why an artist would not want to deal with such formalities.  Understanding the principles and formalities that apply to the various issues involved throughout the entertainment industry, and allowing the artist the ability to concentrate on his art is the job of an entertainment lawyer.  Jeffrey Dine put is best by saying “simply put, the goal of an entertainment lawyer should be to keep the ordinary from turning into farce or courtroom drama.”  


Types of Entertainment Law?

  • FILM covering option agreements, finance, chain of title issues, talent agreements (scriptwriters, film directors, actors, composers, set designers), production and post production and trade union issues, distribution issues, motion picture industry negotiations distribution, and general intellectual property issues relating to copyright and, to a lesser extent, trademarks.
  • MUSIC including talent agreements (musicians, composers) producer agreements, and synchronization rights, music industry negotiation and general intellectual property issues relating to copyright.
  • TELEVISION and RADIO including broadcast licensing and
    regulatory issues, mechanical licenses.
  • THEATRE including rental agreements and co-production agreements,
    and other performance oriented legal issues.
  • MULTIMEDIA including software licensing issues, video game
    development and production;
  • PUBLISHING and print media issues, including advertising, models,
    author agreements and other copyright related issues.
  • VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN including fine arts, issues of consignment of artworks to art dealers, moral rights of sculptors regarding works in public places; and industrial design, issues related to the protection of graphic design elements in products.
  • DEFAMATION (libel and slander), personality rights and privacy rights
    issues also arise in entertainment law.


 
 

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