The answer to the question “what is entertainment law?” is likely not what most people may think. The biggest surprise is that entertainment law goes beyond the bright lights of Broadway, the recording studio, and the glamor of the silver screen. Entertainment law spans a wide area of media and entertainment businesses, including film, television, radio, music, theater, sports, publishing, advertising, internet, visual arts, multimedia and the news media. This area of law is also not just for singers, dancers, actors and actresses, musicians, or big entertainment companies. It is also for individuals and companies who may not typically be considered as part of the entertainment industry, including writers, artists, photographers, programmers, YouTube vloggers, and other creators of media content.
Entertainment law, (sometimes referred to as media law), is a combination of many areas of law; primarily involving contractual transactions and the intellectual property areas of copyright, trademark, and publicity rights. Entertainment law also may involve business law, agency, licensing, employment law, securities law, immigration, criminal law, constitutional law, and even family law.
Whether or not an individual or company is directly involved in the entertainment or media business, entertainment law could be important to them if they write, create, perform, photograph, videotape, or permit others to use their content or other creations. In either case, hiring a knowledgeable entertainment attorney can help guide individuals and companies and protect valuable rights and intellectual property.
Contact David D. Mouery, Esq. at the Kendrick Law Group for all of your entertainment law needs at 407-641-5847
Co-written by: Kirsten Williams, Law Clerk