Using entertainment lawyers for your case

 

Media and entertainment solicitors provide legal advice across a broad range of topics. As the name suggests, they tend to focus on providing legal advice to those working in the entertainment industry. This includes:

  • Actors and actresses
  • Film and television directors
  • Music artists
  • Sportsmen or women

The type of legal advice that entertainment solicitors provide depends on the matter. Call us if you require the assistance of an entertainment lawyer to represent your case or help resolve a dispute. Below is a brief summary of some of the areas entertainment solicitors provide advice on.

1) Intellectual property

Intellectual property aims to protect those who create original pieces of work, names, designs, etc. It becomes relevant when an idea takes some sort of tangible form. An example of this is when a musical song is recorded and produced.

At the foundation of the entertainment industry is copyright and trademark legislation that protects the rights of anyone that creates a work of art. This could be a piece of music, a book, a painting, a stage play or a film.

Media and entertainment solicitors can help you protect and enforce your intellectual property rights. A number of these rights are relevant to the entertainment (in particular the film and music) industry. For example, copyright protection applies to both song and film.

Entertainment solicitors could help you sue those who infringe your copyright.

There are also other intellectual property rights which may become relevant to those working in the entertainment industry. These include:

  • Trademarks
  • Passing off
  • Design rights
  • Patents, and
  • Entrepreneurial rights

2) Contract law

Entertainment solicitors also get heavily involved in contract drafting and disputes. For example, consider a football player. Their employment contract will have to be negotiated with their football club and drafted. Media and entertainment solicitors can help with this. They can also assist with any disputes or issues that arise out of the contract.

There are many areas of law in which media and entertainment solicitors need to be proficient. Contact Law can help you find a solicitor practising in a specific area that suits your needs.

3) Licensing law

Another major area of the entertainment industries is the licensing of materials to other businesses. Merchandising that is linked to a film is a good example. If you have such material, entertainment lawyers can help you negotiate the terms of the licences you want to sell. This area of entertainment law is highly complex and should be handled by qualified entertainment lawyers and not by a layperson.

4) Tax law

If you work in any of the entertainment industries you will also often have self-employed status. As such you will have to look after your tax affairs. Entertainment lawyers can be very useful, as they can interpret the current tax laws in relation to the specific work you do. This could mean that they can help you reduce the amount of tax you have to pay. Often, lawyers will also handle labour laws such as immigration.

5) Defamation law

Lawyers are also essential if you have been accused of defamation or libel. These can be serious accusations that could result in a court ordering you to pay damages. Entertainment lawyers can interpret the current libel and defamation laws in relation to your case. They can also represent you if your case come to court, or negotiate for an out-of-court settlement.

Do you require a media and entertainment lawyer to represent your case? Contact Law can put you in touch with an entertainment lawyer who specialises in the sub-area of law that your case concerns, as explained above. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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