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What is an Entertainment Lawyer

Entertainment lawyers provide legal assistance for artists, employees, companies and individuals involved in all areas of the entertainment industry including, but not limited to, film, radio, television, music, publishing, theater and digital or multimedia entertainment.  Entertainment law is a demanding career that requires a solid grounding in legal areas like labor law, litigation, contract law and intellectual property, as well as broad knowledge of the inner workings and all facets of the entertainment industry.

How is an Entertainment Lawyer Different Than General Practice Lawyer

Knowledge of relevant cases, statutes, regulations, and collective bargaining agreements typically constitute sufficient competence for General Practice lawyers however, the same does not hold true for entertainment attorneys. Entertainment lawyers, conversely, are required to understand exactly how clients within the entertainment industry do business within that industry. In todays entertainment environment, an entertainment lawyer’s depth of knowledge of industry business practices unquestionably determines his or her degree of effectiveness.  Unlike general practice lawyers, entertainment lawyers are required to stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends and how these developments may affect the music, television and film industry. Because entertainment lawyers are familiar with the legal and business issues commonly arising in the industry, they are better equipped than general practice lawyers to identify opportunities, manage risk and spot issues before they arise.

Why Use an Entertainment Lawyer

If you are a member of the entertainment industry, whether an industry executive, recording artist, song writer, film director or actor, you will want to hire a lawyer who is not only able to

represent and protect your interests, but one who is also able to think outside the box and anticipate potential problems before they arise. For example, if your band is signing its first recording contact, you wouldn’t want to hire a general contract attorney but rather, an entertainment lawyer whose area of expertise is in the music industry. One reason using an entertainment attorney is absolutely imperative is that there are subtleties among the various entertainment arts which call for specialization.

If you’re a musician or an actor, you probably haven’t really thought about the importance of having an entertainment lawyer until you’ve been given a contract to sign. Assuming you went ahead and signed the contract, you’d be bound by the contract’s terms. Suddenly, looking at those terms, you knew you needed a lawyer to look it over and make sure