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Entertainment law is such a broad topic and entertainment and sports lawyers understand the laws applying to the unique needs and interests of:

  • Amateur and professional athletes,
  • Actors,
  • Musicians,
  • Artists,
  • Models,

Entertainment law lawyers also handle other entertainers, such as

  • Media distributors,
  • Production companies,
  • Museums,
  • Video game creators, and
  • Filmmakers.

What Do Sports and Entertainment Attorneys Do?

Sports and entertainment attorneys deal with the broad legal arena of the sports and entertainment industries. Much of sports and entertainment area of law revolves around intellectual property including copyrights, patents and trademarks, as well as licensing, endorsements and the various agency legal issues.

Sports, and entertainment leisure laws are largely regulated by private laws and have recently gained immense popularity. Sports and entertainment lawyers help their clients with issues within entertainment law including, but not limited to: the limitations of publicity, copyright infringement, future technology clauses in contracts and defamation issues. The controversial, but important, distinction between amateur and professional athletes sparks many heated litigations in sports law. Generally, an amateur athlete is one that is not monetarily compensated for his or her talents. Many college athletes are given scholarships, but they are still considered amateurs because there is no direct monetary compensation—the money all goes to the school for their college educations.

Should I Hire an Entertainment Law Attorney?

The entertainment and sports lawyers represent individuals and companies in the entertainment business in all aspects of their business. Typically entertainment and sports lawyers protect entertainers and their work from exploitation. Entertainment and sports lawyers can also help develop and bring an entertainer’s work to life.

Not only can the entertainment attorney represent athletes, artists, and others in the entertainment business to protect them from exploitation, they provide other valuable services including, but not limited to:

  • Provide legal advice and representation relating to contract negotiations, arbitration proceedings and other crucial legal matters of their profession.
  • Provide legal advice and representation relating to copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property, including the intellectual property rights of performers and artists.
  • Provide representation to protect artists, musicians and others in the entertainment industry from piracy.
  • Negotiating and drafting music licenses, recording agreements and touring agreements.
  • Provide legal counsel and assistance to museums in reproduction and licensing issues.
  • Represent and counsel Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and content providers on matters relating to interactive entertainment, and site development and production agreements, as well as privacy, publicity and defamation issues.
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