Entertainment law is the area of law that deals with the business aspects of the entertainment industry. In the entertainment industry, there are a few key laws, such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, that govern intellectual property and its use, the core of the entertainment industry. Most of the issues covered by entertainment law are transactional, though it can also involve dispute resolution. Typically, entertainment industry disputes are settled the same way other business disputes are often settled: through arbitration. Sometimes, though, these cases make their way to the courtroom to be resolved through litigation. If you are considering entering the entertainment industry, consult with an experienced entertainment lawyer about how to protect your rights.
Entertainment Law Case Types
At first glance, many of the legal areas that fall under the entertainment law umbrella look like business law areas. That is because they are business issues. The entertainment industry is an industry, after all, and when you work in this industry, you will run into many of the same legal issues and requirements that you run into in other industries.
Entertainment lawyers work with their clients to handle the following:
- Intellectual property disputes;
- Contract negotiations;
- Licensing and distribution agreements;
- Copyrights and trademarks;
- Handling breach of contract arbitration;
- Employment issues within the entertainment industry; and
- Production liability issues.
Working with an Entertainment Lawyer
Although there is significant overlap between business law and entertainment law, do not assume that a general business lawyer is the best type of lawyer to handle your legal needs. You should work with an experienced entertainment lawyer. Although a business law with general experience can do his or her job well, a lawyer with specific experience managing entertainment industry clients’ legal affairs is better equipped to handle your case because he or she knows the specific laws and processes in play in the entertainment industry.
When you are interviewing prospective entertainment lawyers to handle your case, ask each about his or her experience working with clients like you. If possible, find a lawyer who has worked with others in your specific field – if you are a musician, work with a lawyer who has represented musicians, if you are a writer, work with a lawyer who has represented writers. It is also important that you choose a lawyer who has specific experience handling the type of case you are handling – if you are facing a dispute that could need to be litigated to resolve, do not work with a lawyer who does not have litigation experience.
Work with an Experienced Chicago Entertainment Lawyer
No matter what position you hold in the entertainment industry, it is important that you understand and exercise your rights to avoid having your intellectual property taken, entering an unfair contract, or facing other types of unfair treatment. Safeguard your rights by working with an experienced entertainment lawyer. To get started with a member of our team at Lopez & Sanchez, call our office to set up your free legal consultation with us.
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