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USC Gould School of Law

Television and Digital Media     LAW-654

This course examines the legal and business considerations that regularly arise in the context of television and digital media production and exhibition. Students will design and implement best practices through practical “hands on” application of legal principles in the context of real projects, case studies, drafting workshops, and dispute resolution scenarios. We will examine the issues that typically arise across multiple genres, including dramatic scripted, non-scripted, live events and sketch comedy.

The legal issues we examine will draw upon principles the students should be familiar with from their first year curriculum (including contracts and torts) but will also require a fundamental understanding of intellectual property (either as a pre-requisite or co-requisite). We will focus on several issues that often impact production and exhibition of television and digital media content including: Rights of Privacy; Rights of Publicity; Defamation; Copyright; Trademark; Safety, security, Illegal, hazardous, or nefarious subject matter; and Indemnification and Insurance.

Units 2, 3, 4
Grading Options Numeric Only
Exam Type In-class Exam
Writing Requirement No
Skills/Experiential Requirement No

Grading Options: vary with the professor

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