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Course Descriptions

Entertainment Law (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-650
  • Class Number: 03313
  • Instructor: Corey Field

Course Description

·         First class Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am to 9:50am, Room 3.  Class meets Wednesday mornings at 8am through the semester with the last class on Wednesday November 29, 2017.  No class on Wednesday November 22, 2017 (Thanksgiving Break).  A short break will be taken midway through each class.
This course provides a detailed survey of business models, contracts, and related case law and statutes in the
entertainment industry, including film, television, digital and online media, social media, music, radio, publishing,
branding, celebrity rights of publicity and privacy, and related software and cyber law issues. The emphasis in the
course will be to understand the underlying business models through the law and to prepare students to use the
knowledge acquired to actively participate in, and demonstrate leadership in, all facets of the entertainment
industry. The course goal is for students to be ready and confident to enter the field of entertainment law.
There will be some small amount of overlap with other courses such as Intellectual Property, though the course’s
treatment of copyright and trademark law will be primarily entertainment context focused, for example what are the
trademark principles that are relevant to social media and celebrity endorsements, or what are the regulations in theCopyright Act that drive the music and online industries.
Course Materials – Textbook, Cases, Contracts, and Statutes
The required textbook will be Prof. Field’s new textbook Entertainment Law Fundamentals and Practice published
by Cognella Academic Publishing, an imprint of Cognella, Inc. Ordering instructions are below. This new textbook,
published for the first time in August, 2017, replaces the formerly required text which was Prof. Field’s treatise
Entertainment Law: Forms and Analysis. In addition to the assigned reading, additional cases, contracts, and
statutes will be assigned and available on Blackboard. Please note the assigned text is a comprehensive practice
guide (with contract forms available online) that will serve you well for years after law school, it is not a case book.
Textbook Ordering
The required textbook for the LAW 650 course, Entertainment Law Fundamentals and Practice (Preliminary
Edition) is published and distributed by Cognella Academic Publishing, an imprint of Cognella, Inc. It will be
published and available for purchase and shipment online prior to the first class in August.
In order to obtain the textbook as soon as possible prior to the first class, please note you can reserve a copy on the
publisher’s web site as follows, and then be notified when it is ready for shipment to you. Payment is not required to
reserve a copy. If you reserve a copy, Cognella will contact you directly when the book is ready for purchase. Once
published in early August, it will be listed on the following web site for ordering:
It is recommended that you reserve a copy now and request a ready-to-purchase notification as follows:
1. Visit
2. Create an account or login if you have an existing account.
3. Select “California” and then “University of Southern California” from the dropdown menu.
4. Scroll to find your course listing. Locate your textbook within the list of available course materials and click the “Email
Me When Ready” button.
INSTRUCTOR(S): Corey Field
First Session


INSTRUCTOR(S): Corey Field

First Session

Please check Blackboard for the reading assignments for the first session and the entire semester.

Grade; Participation
Your course grade will be based on a multiple choice exam (this is a change from the former essay
exam). Classroom participation is encouraged and the course grade will be adjusted upward to reflect exceptional inclass
The multiple choice exam may cover all assigned readings, all distributed materials and any other matters
discussed in class. It will focus on your acquired overall knowledge of the entertainment industry and will emphasize
the legal foundations and business practices you will learn in the course.


Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: W 8:00 am - 9:50
  • Room Number: Room 3
  • Exam: In-class, multiple choice exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Encouraged and course grade will be adjusted upward to reflect exceptional in-class participation