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Entertainment Law Definition
Due to the specifics and novelty of the entertainment industry in the Russian Federation, entertainment law is a considerably new area of legal practice in Russia.
The Russian legislation does not provide for an explicit definition of entertainment law. Referring to entertainment law lawyers commonly mean an area of legal practice that encompasses provisions of various branches of law governing different aspects of the functioning of the entertainment industry. In particular, entertainment law includes regulations of contract law, intellectual property law, employment law, legal provisions on advertising, defamation, privacy, etc.
In order to render a helpful advice on the matters of entertainment law a lawyer not only has to be equally competent in several areas of law but also is to be familiar with the process of production, distribution and exhibition of entertainment media products and services.
Law firms practicing entertainment law regularly counsel their clients on the issues involving negotiation, drafting and execution of various types of entertainment-related contracts, such as film agreements, music production agreements, writing contracts, co-author agreements, licensing agreements, broadcasting agreements, employment contracts, as well as on the problems of copyright and trademark registration, data protection, privacy, etc.
Entertainment law practitioners participate in litigation and representing professionals working in the entertainment industry and resolving copyright, royalty, editing rights and other disputes.
The entertainment industry is constantly evolving due to the proliferation of new communications gadgets, the transition from physical media to digital content transmission, the convergence of platforms, to mention but a few. Thus, one of the main qualities of a good entertainment lawyer is his ability to keep pace with the trends and developments within the entertainment industry in order to help the clients to meet the new challenges of an ever-changing business environment.
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