Law 305 - Entertainment Law
J.D. Yale Law School, 2012
This course provides the theoretical and doctrinal underpinnings of the diverse area of interest one might call entertainment law. In a fast-changing industry, traditional modes of distribution are increasingly being supplanted by digital technologies. Likewise, technology companies are fast evolving to become the new content creators. To practice entertainment law today, one must be well-versed in the legal principles governing a wide variety of subjects that could broadly be defined as “entertainment.” To think deeply about what it means to be an “entertainment lawyer” today, one must be ready to analyze, and challenge, the policies underlying the field broadly referred to as “entertainment law.”
This is a broad survey course, providing an overview of the various areas of the law with particular relevance to the entertainment industries, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, employment, and contract. We will also spend time on specialized topics and areas of interest including over-the-top distribution, music clearance, defamation and obscenity, film financing, book deals, fashion, and contemporary art. Once students master a theoretical and doctrinal understanding of entertainment law, they will have the opportunity to put those learnings to practice in mock litigation and drafting exercises, as well as hear from guest speakers on how they put law to practice.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
At the end of this course, students should be able to master a theoretical and doctrinal understanding of common issues in the entertainment industry, and be able to put those learnings to practice in the pre-litigation, advice and counseling, transactional, and litigation contexts.