Next in this series on entertainment law, we are going to talk about what an entertainment lawyer does for his clients. This branch of law helps people in the entertainment industry with various legal matters such as contract negotiation, intellectual property law, and defamation. It can also include other areas of law depending on the legal matter.
What Does a Charlotte Entertainment Attorney Do?
A Charlotte entertainment attorney can focus on transactional work or can litigate, or he can do both. Transactional lawyers focus mainly on contract work. This can include drafting contracts, reviewing existing contracts, and negotiating the details of a contract.
There are many types of contracts someone in the entertainment industry may need. Talent, such as actors or musicians, and the crew for a production may need a contract outlining the details of employment and pay. Contracts for locations being used for a production can also be handled by a Charlotte entertainment attorney.
Both types of contracts will be reviewed to ensure that industry standards are being met and that his client is being protected. The employee or employer can seek the help of an entertainment lawyer when drawing up these types of contracts.
An entertainment lawyer can also help protect the property of an artist through intellectual property law. This includes helping to secure copyrights or trademarks, which protect a person’s creative work from being duplicated or reproduced by an unauthorized party. It also includes working on negotiations for licensing a creative work for use in movies, television, commercials or video games in order to profit from and protect the work or brand.
On the other side, a company or producer wishing to use someone’s work in their own production may need an entertainment lawyer to help secure rights to use it. A production company may also need the advice of an entertainment lawyer when it comes to Screen Actors Guild (SAG) compliance. This group establishes the working conditions and pay for hired actors and musicians.
Some entertainment attorneys may develop relationships with managers, publicists and studios in order to stay abreast of trends so that he can have a stronger knowledge of industry standards and get the best deals for his clients.
Entertainment lawyers may also represent clients who have lawsuits or want to pursue a suit against someone. These cases can include copyright infringement, licensing issues, or defamation.
People in the entertainment industry are susceptible to defamation cases in which someone speaks falsely in order to damage someone’s image. If someone is accused of defaming another person, or if you are the person being sued for defamation, a Charlotte entertainment attorney can help review your options in either situation.
There are several categories within entertainment law, including film, music, publishing, multimedia, visual arts, and theatre. Some choose to focus on one area rather than cover them all.
If you have questions about entertainment law, call our office at Eldreth and Eldreth to speak with a lawyer. We can help you with contract negotiations and other matters that may arise from working in the entertainment industry.