Laws pertaining to those operating within the media
Media law, also known as entertainment law, is the legal field which covers issues which may arise for people working within the entertainment industry - artists, writers, musicians and any other type of creative professional. Media law has a primary focus on intellectual property rights, as this is an important topic for those who work in entertainment, but it can also branch out to encapsulate any other topics which may be relevant to the creative industries.
This means that media law often overlaps with such diverse legal fields as employment law, defamation law, international law and many others. While media law solicitors will be well-versed in all such topics, Law on the Web’s Media Law section covers mostly those subjects which are unique to the entertainment industry. We have free guides to copyright law, the legal side of running a band, the moral rights of artists and much more.
While intellectual property law is also dealt with in our Intellectual Property Law section, our guides here address the more practical side of the subject for creators, based on the complex situations that can arise when, for example, trying to establish who owns the copyright of a piece which is a collaborative work, or wishing to get permission to use a short piece of footage or music in your own creative endeavour.
Law on the Web endeavours to cover all the information you could possibly need in the field of Media and Entertainment Law, because we know that legal knowledge is vital in many areas of life. So, whether you’re an artist looking to put in place an agreement to have your work displayed in a gallery, or you’re a musician looking to protect the investment of time and money you’ve put into your band, Law on the Web has the answer.
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