Entertainment law encompasses the laws involving media, including advertising, film, internet, music, news, publishing, radio, TV, and other evolving media and entertainment technology.
Entertainment law consists of Federal and State laws and was developed and evolved through standard business practices in the entertainment industry and general legal principles. Entertainment law consists of several legal fields, and blends the principles of accounting and finance, business and corporations, contracts, employment and labor law, intellectual property, the rights to publicity and privacy, and Constitutional rights, namely the First Amendment, and more.
Who It Applies To
Entertainment law impacts all people who work as entertainers, content creators, producers, and all commercial or business uses of creative content, including business pages on social media.
Entertainment law consists of litigation practice and legal transactions. Entertainment lawyers assist individuals or companies involved in the entertainment industry with protecting their rights and avoiding or mitigating potential legal issues before, during, and after production. Entertainment lawyers can also advise on non-legal matters, including pitches, strategies, and budgets for entertainment projects.
Common Entertainment Law Issues
Litigation issues typically consist of copyright law, trademark law, contract law, defamation, trade secrets, and the right of privacy and publicity.
Some common transactional matters, where legal counsel is recommended, includes:
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