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Introduction to Entertainment Law

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Produced on March 30, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Arts & Entertainment

Course Description

Entertainment law is a vast subject that is comprised of many different areas of the law. In order to be an effective entertainment lawyer, one needs to have a thorough knowledge of copyright law, publicity and privacy law, First Amendment law, trademark law and, of course, contract law. Additionally, the entertainment business is actually comprised of many different businesses, each with its own idiosyncrasies. The film business is different from the television business. The music business is different from the live theatrical performance business. While there are many similarities, the differences can be overwhelming. A good entertainment lawyer must thoroughly understand the particular business his or her clients are engaged in to provide effective counsel.  

In this course, entertainment attorney and adjunct professor of entertainment law Ralph De Palma covers the basic core principles of entertainment law focusing on copyright fair use and rights of publicity. Copyright law and publicity rights are at the core of every entertainment practice. The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamental application of these core principles.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Grasp the fundamentals of copyright law
  2. Understand the theory and practical application of the fair use doctrine
  3. Introduce the basic principles of publicity rights and privacy rights
  4. Discuss celebrities and the rights of publicity

Credit Information

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Ralph De Palma

Pryor Cashman LLP

Ralph G. De Palma III is an entertainment attorney with Pryor Cashman LLP in New York and an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches the Entertainment Law Workshop, and at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts where he teaches Creative Fundraising and Finance. Ralph’s clients include television producers, film producers, musicians, playwrights, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and investors.


Randy B.

This was very good overview. Great work by the presenter.

Lisa H.

Good presentation.

Russell A.

excellent class... entertrainment law is complex and covers many areas of law.. such as contract law and copywight

Matthew A.

Well done.

Danielle S.

lots of useful case law with just the right amount of detail

Sarah K.

The lecturers have improved so much over this past year. ralph DePalma was so great...he deilvered so much information in such a short time and his delivery made the course so informative. I'll be looking for his name on other courses.

Steven S.


Jonas P.

Informative, and great overview of the subject, with recitation of critical statutory underpinnings and case law.

Shauny L J.

Well done. Thanks for making this available.

Mary Lou S.

Exceptionally good speaker. New information for me

Paula G.

Very interesting discussion of copyright law and specific to the entertainment industry, which is very difficult to find.

Scott B.

Great basic overview of copyright law and rights to publicity as they apply to entertainment law.

David D.


David M.

Great, easy-to-understand speaker and interesting course.

Stephen E.

Great practical advice...potentially very useful in practice.

Richard D.

Enjoyed the content. Written materials could have included the cases he discussed, rather than his reading the citations.

Dwight B.


Kathryn S.

Nice overview for an intro class.

Douglas F.

Outstanding presentation!

Ronald B.

Pretty good introductory information. . . .

Diane H.

One of your best speakers!

Stephen R.


Dante Joseph O.

Extremely organized and well presented. Covers an amazing amount of subject material very concisely within the relatively short time span.

James B.

Good speaker. Conveyed the information in a concise and informative manner.

Thaddeus A.

Really interesting!

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