Entertainment law encompasses all of the legal problems and issues most commonly faced by a variety of related industries, including film, television, radio, music recording, publishing, theater, and sports. The areas of law most frequently associated with the field are intellectual property, agency, antitrust, contracts, and labor and employment.
When researching an issue or area of law for the first time, we suggest you begin with a secondary source such as a legal encyclopedia, legal treatise, or ALR. Select secondary sources are listed on the Secondary Sources page of this guide.
While this guide is intended to introduce researchers to the general field of entertainment law, we also have guides on specific aspects of the field, such as sports law, art law, music law, trademark law, and copyright.
Updated April 2015 (AG)
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