University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

Course Description
The course will cover the legal aspects of television shows productions in Latin America, oriented to attorneys willing to practice in the field of entertainment for either US or foreign TV networks and production companies doing business in Latin America. Forms of contracts and other legal documents will be brought to analysis, including the discussion of generally accepted clauses based on real cases taken from practice and case law. The course will aim to provide students with basic knowledge to understand and develop a practice in Entertainment law oriented to the Latin American market. The course will cover the legal steps of the TV business, from the acquisition of rights over an original idea to the final distribution of an audiovisual material, with a the analysis of the legal aspects of: Format Licensing: Including for both scripted and non scripted shows, intellectual property registrations under Latin American laws, the concept of “moral rights” vs. copyright, the analysis of Format License agreements, Submission Forms and Non-disclosure Agreements between the creators and the acquiring networks. Development and Production: Including the analysis of Development Agreements for pilots, Commission Agreements, Production and Coproduction Agreements for shows and series, review of live shows legal requirements and other rules applicable to tours across Latin America. Directors, actors, talents, writers and composers: Covering the review of service agreements for directors, writers, composers and talents, actors and performers, with special emphasis in the protection of IP rights (assignment of rights and “right to credit”). Unions and guilds: Covering unions and guilds’ regulations and contracts requirements for the protection of talents, writers and musicians’ rights in Latin America, including term of assignment (“perpetuity vs time limit, and reversion of rights), territory (worldwide vs. designated territory), media (all media including Internet vs. selected media). Right and Clearances: Analyzing releases and permits for the use of image, footage and locations, focusing on the type of clauses most commonly used, and other forms of “assignment of rights” from IP holders such as voice talents, dubbing actors, art and set designers, make up artists, hair dressers and others. Distribution: Covering the analysis of the commercialization of TV shows, focusing on distribution agreements with TV cable networks as customary drafted in Latin America; Customization and Voice Dubbing Agreements required for the development of “language” markets for Portuguese, Spanish and neutral Spanish; Affiliate sales, advertising, product integration/product placement and trade marketing, and ancillary business such Home Video and OTT. Music, scores: Focusing on the assignment of rights over original songs and scores, synchronization, mechanical and publishing rights, and Performing Right Societies. Digital Rights: Revising contracts for the acquisition of rights for the distribution of audiovisual contents through Internet and mobile devises, including services such as VOD, SVOD, TVOD and NVOD.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 03-12-2018 - 03-16-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
03-12-2018 - 03-15-2018   MTWR  4:00 PM-6:30 PM A110
03-16-2018 - 03-16-2018   F  4:00 PM-6:00 PM A110

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Plan of EASL. LLM Only. Special Restriction – JD students can enroll with permission of the Director of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. Program. (Harold Flegelman)
Method of Evaluation: Grading: Combination of written work and class participation.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions: Reading materials/books: Material to be provided to students during classes.
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: 305-284-2852
Office: G278