Reality Television: Copyright Issues and Participant Contracts

Production Date: November 24, 2014 Practice Areas: Contract Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Sports & Entertainment Law Estimated Length: 3921 minutes


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Join attorneys Amy Goldsmith and Ethan Bordman for this timely and entertaining program on the legalities of reality television.


In this course, Ms. Goldsmith focuses on the copyrightable elements of reality television, from scripts to the finished product, and explains what parts are copyrightable and which are not.  She also presents several well-known cases where “copycat” shows were litigated and their outcomes (“Survivor,” “The Apprentice”), including current unresolved matters, such as the allegations of copyright infringement involving feature film Elysium and Univision’s Q’Viva! The Chosen. 


Additionally, entertainment attorney Ethan Bordman presents contractual and other issues that have arisen in popular shows (“The Bachelor,” “Storage Wars,” and“Duck Dynasty") and considerations for individuals who participate in these programs.  He also explains why “unscripted” television does not always mean “unwritten.” 


Learning Objectives: 

I.   Know your rights: understand content ownership, what is copyrightable and what isn’t protectible 

II.  Understand how production companies work and implement standard content transfer policies 

III. Grasp the unique clauses in Reality Television Contracts 

IV. Recognize aspects that affect programming  



David M.
Manhattan, NY

Informative and very good overall.

Peggy C.
New York, NY


Erica R.
New York, NY

Great course.

Erika J.
Huntington Station, NY

Excellent course!

Kelvin B.
Chicago, IL

Good integration of the two subject matters--reality tv and intellectual property.

Patrice V.
Durham, NC

Great overview!

Lewis S.
New York, NY

Super fascinating!

Paul G.
Maple Glen, PA

Very interesting topic!

Tali S.
Fort Washington, PA

Very interesting.

Marlon S.
Beverly Hills, CA

Materials were excellent.

Ronald D.
Erie, PA

Speakers did a nice job

Marie Q.
Mooresville, NC

Great program.

Jeffrey V.
Lexington, SC

Interesting and informative, one of the beste

Richard R.
Brooklyn, NY

Very good - and I loved the topical Johnny Fairplay reference.

Lena V.
Reno, NV

This course was very interesting.

Suzanne R.
Hinsdale, IL

interesting and timely.

Valerie W.
Scarsdale, NY

Very well done.

Rodrick W.
Chicago, IL

the dual instructor concept was a first-I thought that Ethan Bordman's presentation was good and Amy Goldsmith's presentation very informative. I will look up the 9th Circuit case outcome

Ayisha R.

very interesting subject area, should have been longer.

Andrew W.
Congers, NY

Interesting to hear how things are moving away from reality shows and more to scripted due to syndication/repeats, did not know of the trend

julie y.
New York, NY


Eric C.
New York, NY

Entertaining and interesting.

Jamilee K.
Ashburn, VA

I really enjoyed the contract segment of this course. But both speakers did a good job.

Melissa H.
Annandale, VA

Very engaging.

Harold H.
Los Angeles, CA

Both instructors were thoroughgoing and clear. Good information was given.

Lauren K.
El Dorado Hills, CA

Fun program.

David M.
San Diego, CA

Both instructors were good in my opinion. I liked them each.

Stephen K.

Excellent coverage of the subject for first introduction.

Lisa A.
Los Angeles, CA


Sharon C.
Tenafly, NJ

This was so interesting!

Hwesu M.
Mount Vernon, NY

Interesting and informative.

Charles L W.
Spirit Lake, IA

I believe more introductory material by both presenters would have enhanced understanding of this field of law.

Andrew S.
Poulsbo, WA

good job

Wendy Y.
Las Vegas, NV

interesting topic and great presenters