University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2016

Course Description
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive survey of the often intertwined legal and business issues encountered by transactional attorneys within the entertainment industry, with particular emphasis on theatrical motion picture and television. While knowledge of Copyright and related intellectual property law is helpful, the student will not be expected to bring to the course any specific prior understanding or experience in the area.

The material will be presented from the perspective of the practitioner representing clients involved in the production and exploitation of films and programs intended for exhibition in theatres and on television. The course will examine the appropriate business entities to be utilized, and the various structures commonly employed to finance production. These include distribution presales, network licenses, bank loans, completion bonds, tax shelters and various domestic and foreign governmental subsidies.

Major studio versus independent production will be contrasted. Sources of revenue will be discussed, as well as the various forms of contingent compensation, including deferments and net, gross and adjusted gross participations. The course will also introduce the legal and business issues encountered in connection with the acquisition of underlying literary properties and agreements for the services of producers, writers, directors and actors (including minors). Specifically included in the analysis will be the considerable impact of the various guild agreements in connection with a number of issues, including compensation, residuals, and credit. The role of agents and managers, and the laws under which they function will also be addressed. The various forms of legal protection afforded intellectual property will be examined, including under copyright, implied contract theory, rights of privacy/publicity and other statutory and common law approaches. Typical transactions and forms of contracts will be discussed, with a view towards understanding the key issues involved, the positions customarily taken by each side and the compromises often reached. The overall goal of the course is to enable students to develop an informed and analytical approach to the practice of entertainment law.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 2-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 09-07-2016 - 09-17-2016  

Dates Day Time Room
09-07-2016 - 09-08-2016   WR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
09-09-2016 - 09-09-2016   F  2:00 PM-6:00 PM F209
09-10-2016 - 09-10-2016   S  10:00 AM-2:00 PM F209
09-12-2016 - 09-15-2016   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
09-16-2016 - 09-16-2016   F  2:00 PM-5:30 PM F209
09-17-2016 - 09-17-2016   S  10:00 AM-2:00 PM F209

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Recommended BA, Copyright or Intellectual Property
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Basic
Intellectual Property - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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