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Entertainment Law

Entertainment law governs the many facets of the entertainment industry, such as broadcast rights, sports safety issues, sports and recording contracts, as well as certain matters involving copyright and intellectual property law. There are many areas of law which relate to entertainment law, including telecommunications law, sports law, first amendment law, and virtually all facets of intellectual property law.

The personal service agreement is a primary legal instrument in the entertainment industry. This agreement is negotiated between an artist and a company that manufactures, promotes, and distributes the artist’s goods or services. The agreement often binds the artist to produce for one company for a certain period of time. Personal service agreements are often governed by statutes, and are often the subject of litigation because they restrict the rights of artists to perform or create for any entity except the company with whom they have contracted. The advance of technology and digital publishing has expanded traditional entertainment legal issues.