Rapper Nas has delayed his most recent CD’s premier for several months while he considered the legal issues involved with using the n-word used as the album name. Even with a total of seven platinum records and the fact that the title does not break any laws, which has also been used before, he could not get approval for the title. In the end, he called his new record simply “Untitled” and using cover art with a reference to slavery.
In 2007, a strike by the Writer’s Union meant no 2007 to 2008 television season, leaving most viewers missing their favorite shows, networks scrambling to find shows to fill the gaps and new series being canceled without ever having a opportunity to be shown to viewers. The following summer, the risk of an actors’ union strike threatened the next year’s television season as well as movies that were in the planning or already in production.
A commercial lawsuit that was filed by the company Viacom against You Tube and their parent company Google accused the video sharing site of copyright infringement for allowing users to post videos of TV shows with out their permission and violating copy writing laws.
This year, the NFL season is at risk as player’s unions and owners debate payment and a longer season. It is yet to be seen if there will be a lockout, which could result in severe financial difficulties for local Miami-based businesses that rely on football season to carry them through the rest of the year.
These cases are the types of issues that are resolved with the help of Miami sports and entertainment lawyers. Each of these examples: considering lawsuits on a potentially controversial album title, and contract negotiations or issues of copyright infringement lawsuits need the help and expertise of a Miami sports and entertainment lawyer who know Florida law and can fight for and protect the rights of many companies, unions, artists and even the public. What would an entertainment and sports lawyer do? What different areas of specialization are there within the Miami sports and entertainment lawyers? If you are in the sports or entertainment field, how do you know how to choose the right sports and entertainment lawyer for your needs? Contact a Miami sports and entertainment lawyer for more information.
How Entertainment Lawyers Work, by Diane Dannenfeldt, April 25th 2011