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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
- MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW
- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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Entertainment Law (Spring 2018)
- Course Number: LAW-650
- Class Number: 03313
- Instructor: Larry Stein
This course is taught by a full-time entertainment litigator and chair of DLA Piper Entertainment Practice. The course will provide an introduction to entertainment transactional law and entertainment litigation. It will feature numerous guest speakers who will discuss legal issues that arise in the fields of television, motion pictures, music, and other areas, including new technologies.
Students will be introduced to the role of studios, networks, music labels, talent agents, talent managers, transactional and litigation entertainment lawyers, banks and other financiers, the guilds (such as DGA, SAG-AFTRA,WGA, AFM, ASCAP, and BMI). The course will focus on legal issues that frequently arise in entertainment transactions and litigation, including contract issues and remedies, rights of publicity and of privacy, idea protection, artistic credit and billing, profit participations, and vertical integration.
There are no prerequisite requirements, although a background in copyright law and trademark law would be helpful. However, copyright law and trademark law will not be discussed in any depth in this course.
Because the guest lecturers are busy members of the entertainment industry, and because the professor is sometimes subject to forces beyond their control (i.e., judges), the course schedule is subject to change. Reading requirements include weekly reading of materials to be provided during the semester.
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: T 10:00 am - 11:50 am
- Room Number: Room 101
- Exam: Take-home exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
- Participation: Points are not awarded
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