Entertainment and Media Law

Entertainment and Media Law

Professor Stuart Brotman, Mr. Kenneth Basin
Winter 2018 course
M, T, W, Th, F 1:00pm - 4:30pm in WCC Room 1019
3 classroom credits

Prerequisites: Students must complete one of the following courses in order to enroll: Copyright, Copyright and Trademark Litigation, Trademark and Unfair Competition, Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Theory, or Intellectual Property Law: Advanced. If you do not meet the prerequisite, you will need to seek permission from the faculty member (kbasin@law.harvard.edu) to waive it.

Exam Type: No Exam

Students will participate in several problem-solving exercises in entertainment and media law, with written work for grading evaluation.

This course reflects an integrated approach to entertainment and media, particularly on legal doctrines and industry norms that are unique to this field. The course will focus on new challenges faced by the entertainment and media industries in response to the recent (and ongoing) paradigm shifts to digital production and distribution, with an emphasis on the role of lawyers in shaping current and future practice and policy. We will cover deal making norms in the motion picture, television, music, and digital entertainment and media industries; the challenges of reconciling contemporary technologies and business practices with long-standing legal doctrine; and the role of Congress and various federal agencies and departments (such as the FCC, FTC and the US Department of Justice) in establishing and enforcing entertainment and media policies and regulations.

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment