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Entertainment Law Research Guide

This guide will assist your research on entertainment law including intellectual property, agency, antitrust, contracts, and labor and employment of the film, television, radio, music recording, publishing, theater, and sports industries.

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Case Law

For information on researching U.S. case law generally, see Georgetown Law Library's Case Law Research Guide or the Case Law Research Tutorial.

Additional sources for finding court opinions dealing with entertainment law include the following casebooks:

Statutes

For information on researching U.S. statutory law generally, see Georgetown Law Library's Statutes Research Guide or the Statutory Research Tutorial. Additional sources for finding statutes dealing with entertainment law include the following:

  • Title 17 of the United States Code contains the text of current federal copyright law. The following is a selected list of important copyright statutes:
    • Copyright Act of 1909, Public Law 60-349, 35 Stat. 1075 (1909)
    • Sound Recording Act of 1971, Pub. L. No. 140, 85 Stat. 39 (1971)
    • Copyright Act of 1976, Pub. L. No. 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541 (1976)
    • Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996)
    • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Pub L. No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 (1998)
    • Enforcement of Intellectual Rights Act of 2008 (Pro-IP Act), Pub. L. No. 110-403, 122 Stat. 4256 (2008)
       
  • Title 15 of the U.S. Code contains the text of three major antitrust statutes:
    • Sherman Antitrust Act, 26 Stat. 209 (1890)
    • Clayton Act, Pub. L. No. 63-212, 38 Stat. 730 (1914)
    • Federal Trade Commission Act, 38 Stat. 717 (1914)
       
  • Other relevant state and federal statutes include:
    • Trademark Act of 1946 ("Lanham Act"), Pub. L. No.79-489, 60 Stat. 427 (1946)
    • California Civil Code Section 3344 (Right of publicity)
    • California Penal Code Section 653w (Failure to disclose origin of recording or audiovisual work)
    • New York Civil Rights Law Sec. 50 & 51 (Right of privacy and action for damages)

For information regarding major statutes dealing with specific areas of entertainment law, please refer to our art lawmusic law, and sports law research guides.

Regulations

For information on researching U.S. regulations generally, see Georgetown Law Library's Administrative Law Research Guide or the Administrative Law Tutorial.

Select federal regulations relevant to the entertainment industry include:

  • 37 C.F.R. secs. 200-299
    Regulations promulgated by the Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
  • 37 C.F.R. secs. 300-399
    Regulations promulgated by the Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress.
  • 47 C.F.R. secs. 70-79
    Regulations promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission dealing with broadcast radio services.