Instructor(s): David Zitzerman

For graduate students, the course number is LAW2022HS.

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This is a specialized course in entertainment law. It covers key copyright and contract issues that are essential to the film, television, music, book publishing, digital media and videogame industries. The practical will be emphasized over the theoretical with a particular focus on contract drafting and negotiation and client advice. A central objective is to provide students with an understanding of the legal aspects of entertainment businesses and the related role of lawyers.

You will meet several entertainment lawyers, each of whom has his or her own particular expertise and distinctive style of practicing. You will review entertainment industry agreements with the lawyers who negotiated them. You will discuss the challenging legal issues arising from digital distribution. Your course of study will cover the practical and legal aspects involved in the development, creation, financing and exploitation of various entertainment properties. For example: television and film production, talent, distribution and financing agreements, rights clearances, music recording and music publishing agreements and videogame distribution agreements. Students will ideally come away from the course with an appreciation not just for the legal issues that underlie the various agreements, but also an insight into the negotiation of these agreements and the legal structuring of films, tv programs, books, music and other entertainment products.

Paper of 6,000 to 7,500 words (90%) and class participation (10%).

At a Glance

Second Term


21 JD


W: 8:30 - 10:20