Understanding the law behind the entertainment industry

entertainment law

The field of law is a large and diverse one, with several law types that a prospective lawyer can practice. Including entertainment law, which governs what can be published and broadcast. In this blog, MFM Attorneys dives into the various aspects of entertainment law. 

What is entertainment law?

Entertainment law, also sometimes known as media law, is a term used to describe laws focused on the broadcasting, performance, and advertising industries, and more. Entertainment law is a dynamic field with a broad scope of work involving negotiating, protecting intellectual property, and advising and connecting clients. Companies, creative artists, and others who work in the entertainment industry use entertainment lawyers to protect their interests as well as the copyright laws about intellectual property as displayed in the media and entertainment industry.

For example, litigation may occur as a result of someone using a song or image that they do not have the rights to or an artist is not properly reimbursed for their services.

The categories of entertainment law

An entertainment lawyer covers a broad range of aspects within the entertainment industry, including labour and employment, technology law, corporate and finance, dispute resolution, and intellectual property law. They may also include tax, trust and estates, family law, and even criminal law.

Most matters arise from activities involving: 

  • Music
  • Television
  • Film
  • Multimedia
  • Advertising
  • Social media influencers
  • Printed media
  • Theater
  • Celebrities
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Visual arts and design

Importance of having a lawyer in the entertainment industry

Whether a lawyer practices entertainment law in a transactional law or litigation capacity, all entertainment lawyers must be highly skilled communicators. They must communicate with their clients so that they fully understand the consequences of their actions, decisions, and any agreements they may enter into.

Transactional law in the entertainment industry relies heavily on negotiations. Often, these negotiations are high stakes, as entertainment-related litigation can involve large amounts of money. Communication skills are critical for all attorneys who work in the field of entertainment law.

The creative arts in South Africa have grown into a thriving industry where musicians, artists, designers, photographers, and filmmakers have turned their talents into professions. We are committed to providing tailor-made legal services with the client’s best interests at heart. Contact MFM Attorneys for legal help, we can assist.