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Course Number: 93-831

Law And The Arts

Units: 12

Law and the Arts is an investigation of specific legal rights and responsibilities (contractual and otherwise) in the arts and entertainment industries, including visual and performing arts and emerging areas such as multimedia art. The foundation for all activities in the arts is the contract. Accordingly, you will study contract law that will provide a clearer understanding of the requirements that must be met before a valid contract comes into existence. Contract interpretation and enforcement will also be addressed. In addition to contract law, personal and real property law, labor and employment law, intellectual property law (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of publicity, moral rights) and other laws specifically affecting the entertainment industries. Finally, typical performing arts contracts and contractual provisions will be reviewed and the concepts discussed in other parts of the class, as applied to those contracts, will be analyzed.

The overall objective of the course is not to turn the students into lawyers; rather, the goal is to develop an overall framework for legal analysis to enable the student to recognize legal issues when they are presented in order to enable the student to react to and manage legal situations which are commonly encountered in arts organizations.

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Faculty:
David A. Gurwin