Welcome to the world of Entertainment Law. The New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law
Section (“EASL”) encompasses a variety of areas of law and is driven as much by
the particular industry business (Film, TV, Music, Theatre, Literary, Fine
Arts, Sports) as it is by the corresponding area of law (Copyright, Trademark,
Contract, Labor, and Antitrust).
Since Copyright Law is at the heart of much of what
Entertainment Lawyers do (aside from Sports, perhaps), we would recommend you
start with a Copyright Law primer.
Thanks to our friends at the Intellectual Property Law Section, there is
a recorded program that provides an exceptional overview of Copyright Law, and
we have included a link below.
Mentioned in the Copyright Law primer is the oft-raised
defense to copyright infringement: Fair
Use. Thus it is very important that the
Entertainment Lawyer have a good understanding of what is deemed Fair Use, and
therefore a permissible use of a copyrighted work, as well as what is not
deemed Fair Use. In practice,
determining Fair Use can be very tricky.
Therefore, our next sequential recommendation is one that EASL produced
which focuses on Fair Use across various disciplines.
Once you’ve viewed the Copyright Law primer and Fair Use
program, there are an assortment of programs available to you to learn more
about the law in a particular industry business, for example, Music or Fine
Arts. We recommend, however, that your
next selection be EASL’s Introduction to Entertainment Law 2016, specifically geared
to attorneys new to field. This program uses
a fact pattern and discusses life story rights and their use in a variety of
mediums – Film, TV, and Theatre.
We hope our initial recommendations are helpful, and we will
continue to create paths for your consideration as our recorded library grows.
IP Copyright Program
EASL Fair Use Across the Media Program
EASL Introduction to Life Story Rights, Film, TV and Theatre
Other Recorded Programs
Introduction to Entertainment Law (2018)
Inside Auction Houses (2017)
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and the Law (2017)
Art Law: Skills and Practice (2017)
Food Truck Law (2017)
Celebrity Endorsements: Legal Considerations (2017)
Music Business and Law Conference (2016)
Television General Counsel Round-table
Introduction to Entertainment Law (2016)
Traditional and New Trends in Trade Book Publishing (2015)
Fair Use Across the Media (2014)
The Battle for Over-the-Air TV Transmissions (2014)
Music Licensing Basics (2014)
Introduction to Sports Law (2012)
Learn more about the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section.
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