Entertainment Law Handbook

Entertainment Law

by Richard Verow, Nick Kanaar, Estelle Overs and Vincent Scheurer

The entertainment industry has experienced rapid change over recent years. This new and authoritative book helps you to keep pace with the many technical and legal developments in the area. It covers the underlying contractual and copyright issues that affect all aspects of entertainment law as well as analysing the areas of music, film and TV, and computer games in depth.

Written by a team of experts in the field, the book provides discussion of key issues in entertainment law including:

  • contractual and IP issues in entertainment agreements
  • mobile content
  • personality rights
  • moral rights.

The text offers core documents and precedents relating to key areas of the entertainment industry including:

  • a recording agreement
  • a co-production agreement
  • an Interactive Entertainment Works: Model Publishing and Developing Contract.

Available within the book itself and on the accompanying CD-ROM, these documents are organised by specialist area to enable quick access and easy customisation.
About the Authors:

Richard Verow is a solicitor with experience of the sport, media and entertainment industries. He is currently Head of Legal & Business Affairs for the International Cricket Council. Richard has advised commercial clients including broadcasters, recording and publishing companies, managers and agents in sports and entertainment, licensing and merchandising businesses, sports rights holders and individuals.

Nick Kanaar is a partner at Collyer Bristow where his practice, whilst specialised within the entertainment industry, has a wide commercial spread and his expertise is in the area of the transactional making of contracts and the contentious variation of them. He is a veteran in the music industry and in particular was responsible for the seminal case of Macaulay (Instone) v Schroeder.

Estelle Overs is a barrister and attorney (California) specialising in film and television production and distribution. After practising for several years at the Bar she is now based in-house at one of the UK’s leading film distribution and sales agent companies. She has a particular interest in film education and is a member of BAFTA.

Vincent Scheurer qualified as a barrister in 1994 and has practised law in the video games industry since 1997. He set up Sarassin LLP, a legal consultancy specialising in video game contracts, in 2004. Sarassin LLP advises developers, publishers, financiers and intermediaries on all types of commercial agreements and related issues in the video games industry.

Part 1. The Underlying Law: 1. Commercial contracts; 2. Copyright; 3. Moral rights; 4. Rights in performances; 5. Trade marks;

Part 2. Music: 6. Music business; 7. Management agreements; 8. Recording contracts; 9. Music publishing;

Part 3. Film and TV: 10. Pre-production; 11. Content clearance; 12. Finance and production; 13. Distribution and exploitation;

Part 4. Computer Games: 14. Overview; 15. Commissioning; 16. Distribution; 17. Third parties; Appendices.

Published: March 2007
Hardback (+CD-ROM): 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1853289774
Price: £130.00
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