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Fall 2021

Course Description
This course will cover the legal aspects of television show production in Latin America, oriented to attorneys willing to practice in the field of entertainment for either U.S. 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 and resolution of situations generally encountered in the TV business 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 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 and Production Agreements, including the development of pilots and first episodes; (iii) Agreements for directors, 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. limited time, and reversion of rights), territory (worldwide vs. designated territory), and media (all media including Internet vs. selected media); (v) rights and clearances for the use of image, footage and locations and other IP holders such as voice talents, art and set designers, makeup artists and others; (vi) Distribution Agreements, focusing on cable, satellite, Internet and mobile devices; (vii) Affiliate Sales Agreements, advertising, product integration/product placement and marketing, and (viii) Music Composer Agreements (episodic or score), 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: 08-26-2021 - 09-30-2021  

Dates Day Time Room
08-26-2021 - 09-30-2021   R  5:30 PM-7:10 PM F302

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. (Greg Levy)
Method of Evaluation: Grading: Take home exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Compressed Course
Short Course
Course Delivery:
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
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 4th Edition
    ISBN: 978-1683285045
  • Textbook Name: Clearance & Copyright
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Publisher: Silman-James Press
    Edition: 4th Edition
    ISBN: 978-1935247128
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: No Assignment   



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