Media and Entertainment Law Experts Weigh In on Trends, Shifts in Industry

January 16, 2020Media Mention
Courthouse News Service

Media law experts gathered Thursday at a conference in Los Angeles to discuss shifts and trends in the entertainment world’s wide web of legal wrangling, contract disputes, and lawsuits.

Attorneys, scholars and other law experts were convened by the Media Law Resource Center to discuss a number of issues, including best practices in securing consent agreements and clearances from the subjects of biographical films, documentaries, and TV shows.

Aaron Moss of Greenberg Glusker Fields told Jassy such clearance rights offer productions peace of mind when dramatizing or fictionalizing someone’s story.

“In the absence of clearance, you can still do a dramatization but [clearances] ensure that if you fictionalize you won’t be sued for defamation,” Moss said. “It also gives you access to information that might be private or not otherwise available.”