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

Course Description
The course will cover the legal aspects of the entertainment business in Latin America,
including aspects to production, licensing and distribution, oriented to attorneys willing to
practice in the field of entertainment for networks or production companies with Latin
American businesses. Forms of contracts will be brought to analysis, including the
discussion of generally accepted clauses based on real cases both taken from practice and
courts of law. The course is aimed to provide students with basic knowledge to understand
and develop a practice in Entertainment law in Latin America.
The course will cover from the acquisition of rights over an original idea to the final
distribution and monetization of audiovisual materials, with the analysis of:

Formats: License Agreements between the creator of the format and the acquiring network
or production company, for both scripted and non-scripted shows; intellectual property
registrations and recordings under Latin American laws and the concept of “moral rights”
vs “copyright”.

Development and Production: Development Agreement for pilots, Production and
Coproduction Agreements for shows, series and live shows.
Directors, actors, writers and composers.

Unions and guilds: Service Agreements for directors, writers, composers and talents, with special emphasis in the protection of IP
rights (“assignment of rights” vs. “work-made-for-hire”; the right to “credit”). Unions and
guilds regulations and requirements for the protection of talents, writers and musicians’
rights. Limitations on term, media and territory.

Right and Clearances: Releases for the use of image, name and likeness, footage and
locations, and other forms of “assignment of rights” from IP holders such as talents, dubbing
actors, art and set designers, make up artists, hair dressers and others.

Music, scores: Synchronization, mechanical and public performance rights, performing
rights and neighboring rights, with focus on the Performing Right Societies: digital
distribution, streaming, downloading and music platforms.

Distribution. Digital Rights, New Media Distribution: Content Distribution Agreements,
Affiliates Agreements, Customization and Voice Dubbing Agreements for the development
of “language” markets (Portuguese, Spanish and Neutral Spanish); ads sales, product
integration/product placement and merchandizing, ancillary business, Home Video and
OTT distribution (VOD, AVOD, SVOD) and mobile devices.

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: 08-12-2019 - 11-21-2019  

Dates Day Time Room
08-12-2019 - 11-21-2019   R  5:30 PM-7:20 PM TBD

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): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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