A market sector known for its creative output that entertains the population at large and a sector categorized by the sparkling fame and the superstars. Owing to the various folds of works that are related to this sector, it is an intellectual property mine, waiting to be exploited and protected. From the music industry to movie industry to even the advertising industry, the whole of the entertainment industry is built on various IPs that come into existence at every step of the work.
Entertainment law, hence is a field, which aims to protect the works created by the industry’s default amount of production. Entertainment law is a bundle of legislations that protect various facets of the work created. These laws can be divided into a number of categories owing to the array of options in the entertainment field, such as:
IP Laws: Copyright, Trademarks, Design, and even Patents are all laws that provide protection to the entertainment industry in one way or another. Music, Scripts, Dialogues, are all copyrightable content and find its protection under the Copyright Regime of India. Whereas, the advertising in movies heavily indulges in the Trademark laws to maintain the legality of on screen promotion of brands. Sets, costumes, props all invoke Design protection and any new machinery, way of direction, even any lighting advancement may be granted protection under Patent laws.
Contract Laws: A staple litigation for almost all industries is contracts, and the sheer number of people employed in the entertainment industry is enough to indicate its need, be it in service contract, employment contract, or even contracts for royalties and non-disclosure. All the before mentioned form an intricate part of the relevance of contract laws.
Arbitration Laws: An industry driven by the image it forms over the general population, any legal redressal is convenient if it can be done behind closed doors. This is where arbitration comes into the picture as it provides for an alternative to public legal proceedings.