The Copyright Act provides exclusive rights to creators of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, and certain other intellectual works. This law allows creators to control how their works are used, distributed, and displayed. It also outlines provisions for fair use, copyright registration, and the enforcement of copyright infringement.
The Lanham Act governs trademarks, service marks, and unfair competition. It provides protection for brand names, slogans, and logos used in commerce to identify and distinguish goods or services. The Act allows for registration of trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and provides legal recourse for trademark infringement, dilution, and false advertising.
The NLRA protects the rights of employees and employers, encourages collective bargaining, and curtails certain private sector labor and management practices that can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses, and the U.S. economy. It is particularly relevant in the entertainment industry where many workers are unionized.
Defamation law, which includes libel and slander, is primarily governed by state law but is influenced by federal First Amendment jurisprudence. It involves false statements made about an individual that cause harm to their reputation. Public figures in the entertainment industry, including celebrities, have a higher burden of proof, often needing to demonstrate actual malice.
The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. This can be particularly relevant for entertainers and industry workers who have demanding schedules and need to balance work with personal or family health issues.
The INA provides the foundation for U.S. immigration law, including provisions for non-immigrant visas such as the O-1 visa for individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry. This allows foreign nationals with exceptional talent to work legally in the United States in the entertainment industry.
The Securities Act regulates the offer and sale of securities to protect investors from fraud. It requires that investors receive financial and other significant information concerning securities being offered for public sale, and it prohibits deceit, misrepresentations, and other fraud in the sale of securities. This is relevant for entertainment projects that are often financed through the sale of securities to investors.