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Entertainment Law

The fluidity and dynamic nature of law have panned out in various sectors of the economy, including the entertainment industry. Entertainment law is beyond a single legal subject; it hinges on various subjects such as finance, torts, agency, intellectual property law, privacy rights, defamation, international law, insurance law, immigration, contract, criminal law, and so on. Entertainment plays a vital role in the economy of many nations. However, certain entertainment laws control the entertainment sectors of different jurisdictions.


In the United States, entertainment law typically covers industries that perform motion pictures, broadcasting, music, publishing, and theater. Copyright law, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents are essential in protecting an artist’s freedom and creativity.

The right to publicity, or celebrity rights, is regarded as a common legal principle of recovery available to celebrities. Individuals have the right to regulate the commercial use of their photographs, likeness, name, or some other characterization of their personality through the right to publicity. Some advertisement companies who use photos and images that mimic celebrities without first receiving the celebrities’ permission and consent are usually asked to pay compensation fines to the particular celebrities whose images are unlawfully used for commercial purposes.

Entertainment legal practitioners usually have entertainment agreements with their respective clients (artists). These agreements serve to protect the artists’ interest, especially when they are producing their songs and selling their albums. This is often because royalties are assets artists cannot afford to lose.


Entertainment law or media law is a body of law concerned with providing legal services in the legal industry. It deals with every form of legal issues that are associated with entertainment. Over the years, the entertainment industry has experienced tremendous expansion. Along with this expansion comes the conflict of interests, disputes, and other activities that would need the intervention of the law. As a result, entertainment laws are being put in place and to guarantee legal entertainment and address matters that borders on entertainment.

In addition, international entertainment law applies to different areas of entertainment, which include:

  • Music
  • Film
  • Multimedia
  • Publishing and Print media


Entertainment law is a demanding discipline requiring solid understanding in contract law, corporate law, banking, tort, bankruptcy law, immigration, tax law, insurance law, labor law, intellectual property law, and the application of specific principles to the relationships with actors in the entertainment industry.

Many law schools have entertainment law outlines for lawyers who wish to take entertainment law as a course.

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