Article written by Barry K Rothman.
Entertainment law is based on applying laws to contracts, employment, and intellectual property law principles that apply to the members of the entertainment industry. Entertainment law also includes propriety rights to film, television, music, and theater.
Issues arise when original works are created, and they require formal contracts to ensure that the rights of all parties are taken into consideration. Licensing and distribution can cause legal issues with the owner and those who are distributing the works to the general public.
Entertainment contracts are complicated as they involve a long list of parties. For example, a typical entertainment contract will include every performer, agent, manager, record company, publishing house and movie studio. Therefore, a single contract will not benefit all parties as it will cause disagreements.
To create a contract that benefits all parties, entertainment industry professionals will ask for assistance from a Transactional entertainment law attorney. Lawyers that specialize in this form of law will look at drafting accurate contracts that correctly reflect the expectations of all parties concerned.
When a disagreement arises, the parties will look at the entertainment law contract for clarification. Most often disagreements are handled through informal negotiations between the parties. Hiring a lawyer who is experienced with entertainment law as well as the players in the industry can be an asset in such situations to help reach a compromise.
If negotiations fail, then the dispute will be handled in court. Filing a lawsuit, maybe the only way to reach a settlement if one party’s actions have caused irreversible harm to another.