Course Details

Entertainment Law

This Seminar is designed to acquaint the student with a number of the substantive areas of law applicable to the practice in the area generally identified as "Entertainment Law." The course will involve substantive coverage of the following areas: copyright (including the concepts of parody and fair use), trademark, rights of publicity and privacy, defamation, reporters' rights (including the topics of access to courts, Freedom of Information, and shield laws), advertising, protection of ideas by contract and the law of the Internet. For those who have taken or are taking Copyright Law, there will be some overlap but the coverage in this seminar will come from a different point of view. As this is a Seminar class, engaged and energetic discussion and conversation are vital to the success of the class both in terms of students learning from one another and also to make sure that the class does not turn into a 'lecture class.' Registration Requirements: None, but Constitutional Law would be helpful. Teaching Method: Informal Discussion, students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss material. First class assignment will be posted on line. Evaluation Method: Class participation will be taken into account in determining the final grade; One hour mid-term exam, counting for 1/3 of the grade, it will be administered as a 'take home' under the Honor Code; The Seminar will require a paper on an approved topic that will be of publishable quality, counting for 2/3 of the grade. Multiple drafts are accepted. Course Materials: Nimmer, et al., Cases and Materials on Copyright, etc., Matthew Bender, Eighth Edition, 2012; ISBN-13: 978-0769847351 (Hardbound) or ISBN 9780769847337 (Loose-Leaf), which is much less expensive. Selected cases and other optional readings, typically available at no charge from Westlaw, will be included in the Course Syllabus. There will also be occasional on line reading assignments.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 637
Practice Areas: Business, Corporate,Trans AreaIntellectual Property Practice AreaLabor and Employment Area
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Entertainment Law
Faculty: Fifer, Samuel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 12

Spring 2016
Title: Entertainment Law
Faculty: Fifer, Samuel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 15

Spring 2015
Title: Entertainment Law
Faculty: Fifer, Samuel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 17