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What You Need to Know About Entertainment Law

Entertainment law pertains to various areas of law that apply to the industry of entertainment. Defamation, international law, contracts and intellectual property are some of the areas of law that are usually found in the entertainment industry.

Defamation

Defamation addresses claims of slander or libel. The activities of popular artists or entertainers are always being reported, but not accurately all the time. If the focus of the report feels that the topic is already on the level of slander or libel, they can sue the publisher.

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law protects artistic creations and ideas like manuscripts and video game concepts. The creator needs to get a copyright or another form of protection to protect their financial interests. If you feel somebody has used a concept that is your intellectual property, you may file a lawsuit against that person.

Contracts

Entertainers perform according to contracts made between them and their studio, record label or promoter. An entertainment lawyer will often be retained to help entertainers negotiate their contracts.

International Law

Entertainment law should also address issues of immigration and international law. When an entertainer wants to perform in another country, they need to follow that country’s immigration requirements. They also need to understand the laws of the country where they want to distribute their products.

Entertainment Lawyer

An entertainment lawyer gives legal assistance to those working in the entertainment industry. Entertainment law can be divided into 2 major areas – litigation and transaction. An entertainment lawyer may concentrate on various areas.

This professional should be knowledgeable in several legal fields due to the variety of possible opportunities and issues that the entertainment industry presents. For instance, an entertainment lawyer representing an actor usually needs to know everything about contracts. However, they also need to be well-versed in intellectual property law to protect as well as represent their clients in case of litigation.

Transaction-based law usually requires lawyers to focus on contracts. They could be involved in drafting contracts for their clients, ensuring the contract is being properly honored and discussing better deals. Litigation-based law, on the other hand, is for lawyers who concentrate on filing and pursuing litigations on their client’s behalf as well as defending their clients from legal process.
There are several possible job descriptions for entertainment lawyers. These might include labor discussions with union groups on theater sets, television or movie, talent contracts and agreements, space and equipment rental, regulatory and licensing matters, production liability concerns and copyright protection.

There are law schools with specialized programs focused on entertainment law. Lawyers who get a position in this field usually work as associates in large firms that specialize in entertainment law. It is also a good idea for an aspiring entertainment lawyer to move to a place in their country that is greatly involved in offering entertainment. For instance, if the majority of television, publishing output, music and film are produced in a certain area of your country, you should probably move there.

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