Entertainment law, also known as media law is legal services that are provided to the entertainment industry. The areas in the entertainment industry where legal services are provided are music, sports, television/film, visual and literary works, modeling, online matters, and intellectual property. Legal laws in the entertainment industry are similar to intellectual property law in that they both have to do with the right of publicity, trademarks, and copyright. Although, entertainment law also deals with employment, contract, labor, securities, the First Amendment, right of privacy, defamation, clearance of rights, product placement, advertising, tax regulations, and more. Entertainment law is what protects entertainment clients (label record executives, authors, producers, musicians, actors, and professional athletes) rights.
What Is An Entertainment Lawyer?
An entertainment lawyer or media lawyer is a person who specializes in a field of law that provides legal services to the entertainment industry. This kind of lawyer offers services in relation to music, sports, television/film, visual, and literary works, modeling, online matters, and intellectual property. Some of the legal laws this work involves are intellectual property, contracts, business associations, securities law, labor, employment, etc. The entertainment lawyer works with label record executives, authors, producers, musicians, actors, and professional athletes.
An entertainment lawyer should be present at all times especially when their entertainment client is signing a contract or is involved in a lawsuit. Having an entertainment lawyer present is a safety net, they represent and advise their clients on what to do in certain situations. Top entertainment lawyers will protect their clients personal brand and assets. They will negotiate contracts so that their clients see maximal benefits and provide their clients with legal protection in case a deal goes wrong. There are many areas in the entertainment industry where an entertainment lawyer can help their client with making career/business decisions.
Entertainment lawyers must be trustworthy and be by their client’s side at all times. This is a must if they want their client to have a successful career in the entertainment industry. Being an entertainment lawyer is not an easy nine-to-five job, they must be available 24/7. The profit and pride of the job are what makes entertainment lawyers work hard in this line of work. They have to be an expert in the issues that arise in the entertainment industry and have knowledge of the industry overall. They should have a competitive mindset and be outgoing and passionate in this area of law.
Here are some of an entertainment lawyers job responsibilities:
- Draft and review contracts for clients. Assure that the contracts are legal and benefit the client. They also negotiate the contract and get their client the best deal possible
- They will have knowledge about the deals being made in the entertainment industry so they can relate them to the deals their clients are being offered. This way they can get their client the best deal based on the other deals they are aware of
- Maintain relationships with studio and record labels. A lawyer with strong connections will be able to get the best deal and get the deal done quickly
- Teach new clients about the industry and how it works. Help clients understand legal agreements and other rights they have
- Assist with marketing deals, real estate or tax issues
- Protect clients intellectual property. Represent a client if someone tries to steal their lyrics or determine who owns parts of a collaborative intellectual property
The Difference Between An Entertainment Lawyer And A General Practice Lawyer
An entertainment lawyer is very different than a general practice lawyer. Entertainment lawyers specialize in the entertainment industry while a general practice lawyer does not specialize in just one area. General practice lawyers handle a wide range of legal issues. Most of the issues they assist with involve criminal law, accident and personal injury law, family law, insurance law, real estate and more.
A general practice lawyer may not have ever worked in the entertainment industry. This is why it is important to find out about a lawyers experience and what they specialize in when it comes to legal issues in certain areas. You want a lawyer that specializes in the area you need advising. If you are in the entertainment industry, seeking out an entertainment lawyer will be your best option, knowing that is what they specialize in. A generic lawyer may not have any real knowledge or experience of the entertainment industries legal laws. You want the most knowledgeable advice when it comes to your career decisions. Choosing the right lawyer may determine whether you are successful or not.
Services Entertainment Lawyers Provide:
- Music law
- Support for labels seeking new artists
- Sports law
- Television and film law
- Modeling law
- International entertainment clients
- Adult entertainment
- Communications and media
- Representation of companies
Entertainment lawyers usually offer services in all these areas but sometimes they choose only a few of these areas in entertainment to focus on. Knowing whether your lawyer has experience in the area you need is very important and can greatly impact you and your business. All these areas have different legal issues that could arise and you want a lawyer who knows how to handle them properly. The different legal issues that could arise could be trademark and copyright infringement, e-commerce fraud allegations, unlawful theft and many more. There are many ins and outs when it comes to laws in the entertainment industry. A good entertainment attorney should be able to steer you in the right direction and away from any of these issues.
About Chase Lawyers
Chase Lawyers is a boutique entertainment law firm with offices located in New York City and Miami, Florida. The entertainment attorneys at this firm advise and represent clients in all legal matters related to music, sports, television/film, visual and literary works, modeling, online matters, and intellectual property. Chase Lawyers provides top entertainment lawyers that have a wide range of knowledge and experience in these areas. Chase Lawyers is here to protect their clients’ rights and grow their clients’ careers. They understand the issues that influence entertainment clients’ careers. Contact Chase Lawyers to arrange a consultation and reach your full potential within the entertainment industry.