Entertainment law is typically transaction based, in that it provides legal services to the entertainment industry. This area of the law tends to overlap with intellectual property law, but its main focus deals with issues such as advertising, defamation, employment law, bankruptcy, insurance law, and security interests. Although a large portion of entertainment law deals with mediation, negotiations, and writing up contracts, there are situations that may lead to a matter being taken to court or arbitration.
Entertainment law is usually broken down into other sub-categories such as film, multimedia, music, publishing, television, theatre, visual arts and design, libel and slander, defamation, and media law. Each area is unique and involves a wide variety of issues specific to the field in question.
Film may cover production and postproduction, talent agreement, and option agreements. Multimedia might include information technology law, software licensing, and intellectual property issues. Music might involve producer agreements, copyright issues, and synchronization rights. Publishing may deal with print media, author agreement, and models.
Radio and TV negotiations may revolve around mechanical licenses, broadcast licensing, and regulatory questions. Theater may deal with co-production agreements, rental agreements, and performance legal issues. Visual arts and design typically involves industrial design, fine arts, and consignment of artworks to dealers. Defamation handles privacy issues and personality rights.