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Ethics for the Entertainment Law Practitioner

1h 30m

Created on March 30, 2017

Intermediate

$99

Overview

The Entertainment Industries, whether involving music, film, TV, or written works, pose many potential conflict situations and ethical concerns for the practitioner. In this program, attorney Ronald Bienstock reviews a number of these scenarios, from the initial retainer or engagement letter, to the execution of a series of heavily-negotiated complex transactions involving many clients, to potential litigation involving those very same transactions.

Issues will arise that will challenge even the most experienced attorney. For example: should a client have independent counsel review a retainer that has the attorney participating in equity or a percentage of revenue? When an attorney is acting as an agent, can or should the attorney speak exclusively to artist management or an agent during the negotiation of a transaction? Can an attorney represent a "band" or artist as a group, or does one represent the individuals (or both)? How does an attorney represent clients that are located in several international jurisdictions? What about non-traditional attorney roles of finding funding for projects or finding creative partners or co-writers for clients? How does or can an attorney work with entities or individuals that may have left a project? How does or can an attorney work with former clients that have left the firm, then return for counsel or advice on a new or prior matter? Mr. Bienstock provides a concise review of the these type of issues in this CLE presentation.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify ethical issues that may arise in the practice of entertainment law
  2. Review various entertainment law scenarios and the relevant practical and ethical considerations concerning those scenarios
  3. Understand a lawyer's duty to clients in different sectors of the entertainment industry 

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