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SYLLABUS

ENTERTAINMENT LAW
FALL 2015
Wednesday 3:15-5:15; Room 200

Professor Loren E. Mulraine
Office: Room 320; Phone: 615.460.8265
Email: Loren.mulraine@belmont.edu

I will be in my office most of the day on Monday and Wednesday, with occasional office hours on
Tuesday and Friday. I will not have Thursday office hours. Students may stop by the office
without an appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays, but are strongly encouraged to schedule a
meeting time in advance on Tuesdays and Fridays.

A. DESCRIPTION

The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary defines Entertainment as follows:

The act of entertaining;
Amusement or diversion provided especially by performers;
Something diverting or engaging: as (1) : a public performance (2) : a usually
light comic or adventure novel.

The process of delivering entertainment may seem simple on the surface, but behind
every entertainer lies a myriad of business personnel, who are integral in maintaining the
machine that allows the general public to be entertained. What are the legal issues
surrounding the creation, delivery and procurement of entertainment related goods and
services? What are the day-to-day responsibilities of entertainment attorneys, managers,
and agents? How does the field of Entertainment Law serve as a melting pot for other
doctrinal areas of law, such as Contract Law, Intellectual Property Law, Property Law,
Civil Procedure, and Torts, among others? These and other questions will be answered
in this course. Entertainment Law is an exciting current legal education course that will
serve as a foundation for any law student interested in pursuing a career in the
entertainment or sports industry. It will also serve as a primer for anyone interested in
blending a transactional or litigation practice with entertainment law.

During the course of the semester, we will be studying the legal nuances of entertainment
deals, contractual relationships, copyrights, trademarks and merchandising, the business
and legal elements of an artist’s team, the contracts between the artist and these team
members, and first amendment issues relevant to artists. Emphases are on development of

and music for television. In addition to our journey through the casebook. analyze cases and solve problems that are faced by the owners and users of entertainment related goods and services. management. A solid understanding of how entertainment law transactions are affected by the ownership. A deeper understanding of the actual deal making process is covered in additional 2L and 3L courses. This does not mean that you are expected to be perfect. we may also look at current disputes that are filed during the semester. C. The ability to discern and recognize the difference between legal considerations and business considerations in entertainment law transactions. sale and licensing of copyrights. ORGANIZATION This is a lecture-discussion course in which topics are presented by the professor. Since it is impossible to cover every possible legal issue in a two-hour course. COURSE OBJECTIVES By the end of this course. 3. Students who are unprepared may see a negative effect on their final grades. 2. Every day should be viewed as a review day for the final.basic skills that will allow the student to spot issues. The ability to analyze the legal aspects of protecting entertainment related companies and artists. In fact. students should be able to demonstrate the following skills: 1. and case law and statutes are discussed and analyzed in class. Dealing with more narrow topics such as copyright litigation or union negotiations may require additional. your greatest growth will likely come from those answers where you have additional questions that may be further developed through class discussion. specialized study. cases are prepared and briefed by the students. Students are expected to be prepared for each class as though they will be called upon to brief cases and respond to legal and factual inquiries from the professor and fellow students. . and merchandise. such as the Entertainment Law Practicum. There will be no “official review day ” for the final exam. Every day should be viewed as a day when new material may be introduced – including the first and last days of class. this course will prepare you to analyze a wide variety of entertainment law issues at a general level. You will be expected to respond with thoughtful and enlightened responses. Sports Law. and other course offerings. and the causes of action available to rights owners. trademarks. publishing. B. as well as actual contracts for recording deals. This course should also help to polish your legal reasoning skills and introduce you to some of the practical and ethical concerns of a working attorney.

428-461 Lawyers Week 11 11/2 pp. alter. These topics may be covered strictly by the reading. 462-520 Unions Week 12 11/9 pp. A broad understanding of how contractual relationships in the entertainment industry should be structured in order to prevent. 116-166 Copyrights pp. 175-230. Some of the cases within these pages may not be covered. 1-58 The Entertainment Industry. you will not . Week 9 10/19 409-427 Agents. The professor reserves the right to revise. Burr (West) E. More important than the actual pages are the topics that will be covered. or by guest lectures from industry professional or other attorneys). COURSE TOPICS (The pages listed on the chart below indicate the range of pages that may be covered during each class period. D. REQUIRED TEXT Entertainment Law: Cases & Materials in Established & Emerging Media (2011). 300-354. 370-403. or at least minimize future conflicts. and Week 7 10/5 pp. 574-628 Contracts Week 14 11/23 pp.4. Managers Week 10 10/26 pp. WEEK DATES PAGES TOPICS CLASS WILL NOT MEET Week 1 8/24 Reading assignment will be provided Week 2 8/31 pp. 629-673 Credits F. Week 6 9/28 243-247 Copyrights MIDTERM EXAM. or override these assignments at any time. Week 8 10/12 361-368 Right to Privacy. by lecture that consists of items outside of the reading. S. CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY: As required by Belmont University Law School Student Handbook §201. Right of Publicity pp. 58-107 Copyrights Week 5 9/21 pp. 522-574 Contracts Week 13 11/16 pp. Law of Ideas Week 3 9/7 Labor Day (No classes) Week 5 9/14 pp. 257-299 Trademarks and Merchandizing pp.

I will call on students randomly to respond to questions and review assigned cases. if you choose to use this luxury. Missing class will negatively affect the class participation portion of the final grade. will not be permitted to take the final exam and will not receive credit for the course. tablets. If a student arrives more than thirty minutes after class has begun. you should expect there will be a negative effect on your final grade. You will be allowed one “free pass” during the course of the semester. However. If you have used your “free pass” and you are called and unprepared. Since this course meets once a week. you will hurt your chances to achieve your highest possible grade in the class. a possible exception may be made for someone who encounters some disaster and who has not already used up absences for frivolous reasons. at the professor’s discretion. the following procedures will be observed: 1. I do not want to speculate as to what is or is not a good excuse or a sufficiently devastating illness or crisis. Students wishing to be excused for such a crisis should be prepared to present appropriate documentation for each absence. you should let the professor know before the class begins so that you will not waste the time of the professor and your classmates. and the like during class. Attendance will always be taken by sign-in sheet at each scheduled class. 2. as absent. Each and every student is expected to be prepared for each class session. G. CLASS PARTICIPATION Students should expect to be called upon during class. A student who is tardy or who exits class early may be marked. If you are not prepared for a particular class. be on notice that I will likely call upon you a number of times in subsequent class sessions. LAPTOP POLICY: Students WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to use laptops.received credit for a course if you miss in excess of 15% of the class meetings. Any student who misses 3 or more class sessions during this semester will be dismissed from the course. It is a breach of honesty and professional conduct for any student to sign in for another. To effectuate this Attendance Policy. GRADING POLICY Class participation: 5% of the final grade . H. a student missing more than two classes will receive a failing grade. However. Your class participation grade will be based upon your preparation and your performance. I will allow students once (1 time) during the semester to approach me before class (either through talking with me personally or by leaving a note on the lectern prior to class beginning—(no calls or emails) to admit to not being prepared and I will not call on you during that particular class period. the student should refrain from signing the sign-in sheet as such tardiness will be deemed equivalent to an absence.

it will be made in writing and become a dated addendum to this document.). Notice Regarding Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in this class. outlines.edu email address for all email communications with you Conduct of Class: Please turn off all cell phones and two-way communicative devices during class. Professor’s Reservation Clause: I reserve the right to make changes to the syllabus during the semester. If you wish to participate in the discussion. December 15 @ 1:00 I. to discuss necessary accommodations. The Final Examination will be in-class and closed book. The final exam will be comprehensive and will cover the material we have discussed and read during the semester. please see me. Final Exam: Tuesday. notes. one-sheets. I will randomly call on students throughout the class session. In the event that any such change is necessary. please raise your hand and wait to be called on. as soon as possible.g.. etc. statutory supplements. MISCELLANEOUS Communication: The most effective way to reach me is via email. I will in turn use your Belmont.Midterm Exam: 25% of the final grade Final exam: 70% of the final grade FINAL EXAM: STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE ANY SUPPORT MATERIALS DURING THE FINAL EXAM (e. .