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Understanding the Business of Entertainment by Gregory Bernstein

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Section 1Law and Entertainment

We begin by examining the two most important areas of law that govern the entertainment industry—copyright and First Amendment law. Without both there would be no entertainment business as we know it.

Copyright gives creators and entertainment businesses exclusive ownership rights in the screenplays, books, films, TV shows, songs, games and other forms of entertainment they create. The First Amendment gives us all tremendous freedom to create just about anything we want, though not everything we want.

These two areas of law are the foundation on which the entertainment industry rests, and should be understood by all who work in this business.

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