University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2019

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 a format to the final distribution of the series or program, with a the analysis of: (i) Format License Agreements, for both scripted and non scripted shows, intellectual property registrations under Latin American laws and the concept of “moral rights” vs. copyright; (ii) Development, Commission and Production Agreements, including the development of pilots and first episodes; (iiiAgreements for dDirectors, actors, talents, writers and composers, focusing on the services provided with special emphasis in the protection of IP rights (assignment of rights and “right to credit”); (iv) unions and guilds and 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), and media (all media including Internet vs. selected media); (v) right and clearances for the use of image, footage and locations and other holders such as voice talents art and set designers, make up artists; (vi) Distribution, focusing on both cable and satellite distribution and digital through Internet and mobile devises; (vii) Affiliate sales, advertising, product integration/product placement and trade marketing, and (viii) Music and scores, focusing on synchronization, mechanical and publishing rights, and Performing Right Societies.

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 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 03-11-2019 - 03-15-2019  

Dates Day Time Room
03-11-2019 - 03-14-2019   MTWR  4:00 PM-6:30 PM A110
03-15-2019 - 03-15-2019   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: Take home exam
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):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Entertainment Law in a Nutshell
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Sherri L. Burr
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    Edition: 4th ed. 2017
    ISBN: 978-1-68328-504-5
  • Textbook Name: Clearance & Copyright Everything You Need to Know for Film and Television
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Donaldson and Callif
    Publisher: Silman-James Press
    Edition: 4th ed 2014
    ISBN: 9781935247128

Additional Materials:
Professor Pantaleon will provide additional materials in class.  
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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