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Entertainment Law: In a Nutshell (Nutshell Series) Paperback – August 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0314155160 ISBN-10: 0314155163

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Product Details

  • Series: Nutshell Series
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: West Group (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314155163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314155160
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,937,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Instead this book is a rambling collection of anecdotes from case history, albeit organized topically.
Roger Idaho
This is an outstanding book that would be useful for students, lawyers and everyone interested in an entertainment career.
Jon C. Miller
In California, the common law right is a component of the right of privacy and is definitely NOT a property interest.
A. J. Sutter

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sutter on May 20, 2006
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Sorry, I can't agree with the previous rave review.

The book focuses mainly on the movie, TV and music industries. Sports, theater, and, for the most part publishing and electronic gaming are ignored (though of course some focus is to be expected in such a short book). The point of view tends to be that of an attorney representing talent, rather than representing a producer, a studio, an investor, etc.

Prof. Burr's choice of emphasis is odd in many places. For example, she spends 10 pages discussing the privileges and perils of celebrity. Aside from mentioning that Kobe Bryant, Robert Blake and others have been involved in criminal cases, there isn't any mention of legal issues; it's more like a rather tame piece of tabloid journalism. As a result, it seems as if chunks of her book are intended for a popular audience, rather than the typical Nutshell audience of law students or practicing attorneys.

The legal content is very haphazard. If you weren't aware of guild agreements or music performance rights societies, you can learn about them in this book. Prof. Burr introduces some collateral topics such as bankruptcy and trusts and estates law when discussing how entertainers squander their wealth (though to be accurate, she discusses celebrity bankruptcies, rather than bankruptcy law).

On the other hand, entertainment finance and the related securities and corporate law issues never are mentioned. Yet movie lawyers, at least in L.A., actually tend to be quite sophisticated about these topics. Completion bonds aren't discussed at all. TV syndication is mentioned only in passing.

The rights of publicity and privacy are discussed only in the context of celebrities - though they apply to ordinary folks too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Richards on August 23, 2006
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I'm completing an independent study on entertainment law, and more specifically, copyright law and how it pertains to filmmaking. I got this book among several others, and was a little surprised at how poorly written this book is. First off, the editing is TERRIBLE: there are spelling and grammar mistakes ALL OVER the book! On some pages it's outright ridiculous. Honestly, who proofread this before publication?

Second, and most unforigvable, is some of the content. There are some bits of information which are simply WRONG. I haven't taken the time to go through and find them all, but to give an example, it incorrectly states the mandates of a certain copyright act (and I don't mean poorly states, I mean the information is contradictory to what the actual copyright act reads).

So I'm at a bit of a loss I guess. Honestly, I kinda wish I could get my money back. When you get past the bad english, it provides an interesting overview, but then you're always wondering "is this ACTUALLY how this law/fact is? or is this an error?", so you can't really feel like you can rely on it. One error alone was enough to make me question the entire integrity of the book as comprehensive resource.

Summary: might give you some direction on what to read further into, but not too much more than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wish Monster on December 7, 2010
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This book is terrible. Don't buy it.

In order to review for the final exam of a law school course in Entertainment Law, I bought this nutshell. Not only does it seem to be the only existing book suitable for such a purpose, but it happened to (allegedly) be written by the author of the casebook we used in my course. In the past, I have found it helpful to procure a supplement written by the casebook author. However, there are three reasons why this book was a complete waste of money and time.

(1) A lot of the information in this book was oversimplified, or even simply inaccurate. I am a 3L, and have studied for a lot of exams over the past two years, so I have some idea of what a supplement should be like. If you relied on this supplement, you would not get a good grade. Its summaries of cases often leave out rather important aspects. For example, many of the cases in the book involve complex procedural issues, or cover numerous points of entertainment law - but then the summary in this Nutshell will just touch upon one aspect (and not necessarily the most compelling aspect) of the case and ignore all others.

Also, and perhaps most galling, some of the summaries are plain wrong. I don't mean I caught a mistake here or there - I mean that halfway through studying for my exam, I had to stop referring to the book entirely because of the significant number of errors. It was a waste of time to constantly have to confirm what the nutshell said, or try to figure out what it was attempting to communicate in light of my class notes and the casebook. Beyond that, there was not *one single instance* where this book clarified or simplified something for me.

Other reviewers have noted some errors, so I will point to a different specific example.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon C. Miller on October 31, 2004
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This is an outstanding book that would be useful for students, lawyers and everyone interested in an entertainment career. Burr has an easy-to-read style and has great quotes from the players in the entertainment field. She's also great at explaining complicated topics. I would not go out to Hollywood without Burr's book in my suitcase!
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