NYU Stern School of Business

Undergraduate College

MULT-UB.0048.001 (C70.0048): ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Fall 2012

Instructor Details

Hendler, Richard

rhendler@stern.nyu.edu

2129980057

M: 4 - 6:30; W: 4-5; Th: 9:30-10:30 pm

40 West 4th Street, 426

 

Course Meetings

M, 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Tisch T-LC25


Final Exam:

Schedule exceptions
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Course Description and Learning Goals

This is a course about entertainment aspects of the mass media. Major topics include contracts, torts (defamation and privacy), and intellectual property. This course will also focus on the relationships between various parties in the entertainment field (artist, manager, agent, and so on), the protection of intellectual property interests, and various aspects of the recording industry (e.g., contracts and royalties).

At a general level, this course should prepare you to analyze a wide variety of entertainment law issues. Dealing with more narrow topics, such as constitutional concerns or union representation, will require additional, specialized independent study. This class should also help to further develop your reasoning skills.

 

Course Outline

This is a course about entertainment aspects of the mass media. Major topics include contracts, torts (defamation and privacy), and intellectual property. This course will also focus on the relationships between various parties in the entertainment field (artist, manager, agent, and so on), the protection of intellectual property interests, and various aspects of the recording industry (e.g., contracts and royalties).

At a general level, this course should prepare you to analyze a wide variety of entertainment law issues. Dealing with more narrow topics, such as constitutional concerns or union representation, will require additional, specialized independent study. This class should also help to further develop your reasoning skills.

 

Required Course Materials

There is no required text. All cases, notes, and outlines are posted on BB or will be distributed, in class or by email, and you must read them. The cases introduce many of the legal issues affecting the entertainment industry and business transactions and practice.  Since the reading and assignments can sometimes get buried or blurred, I will make sure to keep you up to date in class and by email. Make sure that you always check and read the emails.

 

Assessment Components

Exams, assignments, and projects will be graded on a letter scale.  Your final grade will be based on the following factors:  participation (15%) and homework assignments (40%), merit of the optional project (25%), and examination (30% or 45%). Substantial points will be deducted from your final grade for absences that are not excused in advance of class.

I grade the exam, assignments, projects, and papers "blind." So put only your NYU number, not your name, on any submission.  All submissions must be uploaded onto BB. I do not curve grades in this class; the chips fall where they may. In theory there could be all As or none, although reality tends to fall between these extremes. 

A substantial part of the examination will be based upon the discussions raised in class and the questions appearing in your assigned cases, materials, projects, and homework assignments.

 

Group Projects

Guidelines for Group Projects

Business activities involve group effort. Consequently, learning how to work effectively in a group is a critical part of your business education.

Every member is expected to carry an equal share of the group’s workload. As such, it is in your interest to be involved in all aspects of the project. Even if you divide the work rather than work on each piece together, you are still responsible for each part. The group project will be graded as a whole:   its different components will not be graded separately. Your exams may contain questions that are based on aspects of your group projects.

It is recommended that each group establish ground rules early in the process to facilitate your joint work including a problem-solving process for handling conflicts. In the infrequent case where you believe that a group member is not carrying out his or her fair share of work, you are urged not to permit problems to develop to a point where they become serious. If you cannot resolve conflicts internally after your best efforts, they should be brought to my attention and I will work with you to find a resolution.

You will be asked to complete a peer evaluation form to evaluate the contribution of each of your group members (including your own contribution) at the conclusion of each project. If there is consensus that a group member did not contribute a fair share of work to the project, I will consider this feedback during grading.

 

Grading

Grading and Weighting:

Exams, assignments, and projects will be graded on a letter scale.  Your final grade will be based on the following factors:  participation (15%) and homework assignments (40%), merit of the optional project (25%), and examination (30% or 45%). Substantial points will be deducted from your final grade for absences that are not excused in advance of class.

I grade the exam, assignments, projects, and papers "blind." So put only your NYU number, not your name, on any submission.  All submissions must be uploaded onto BB. I do not curve grades in this class; the chips fall where they may. In theory there could be all As or none, although reality tends to fall between these extremes. 

A substantial part of the examination will be based upon the discussions raised in class and the questions appearing in your assigned cases, materials, projects, and homework assignments.

 

Re-Grading

The process of assigning grades is intended to be one of unbiased evaluation. Students are encouraged to respect the integrity and authority of the professor’s grading system and are discouraged from pursuing arbitrary challenges to it.

If you believe an inadvertent error has been made in the grading of an individual assignment or in assessing an overall course grade, a request to have the grade re-evaluated may be submitted. You must submit such requests in writing to me within 7 days of receiving the grade, including a brief written statement of why you believe that an error in grading has been made.

 

Professional Responsibilities For This Course

Attendance

 

Participation

In-class contribution is a significant part of your grade and an important part of our shared learning experience. Your active participation helps me to evaluate your overall performance.
You can excel in this area if you come to class on time and contribute to the course by:

 

Assignments

 

Classroom Norms

 

Stern Policies

General Behavior
The School expects that students will conduct themselves with respect and professionalism toward faculty, students, and others present in class and will follow the rules laid down by the instructor for classroom behavior.  Students who fail to do so may be asked to leave the classroom. 

 

Collaboration on Graded Assignments
Students may not work together on graded assignment unless the instructor gives express permission. 

 

Course Evaluations
Course evaluations are important to us and to students who come after you.  Please complete them thoughtfully.

 

Academic Integrity

Integrity is critical to the learning process and to all that we do here at NYU Stern. As members of our community, all students agree to abide by the NYU Stern Student Code of Conduct, which includes a commitment to:

The entire Stern Student Code of Conduct applies to all students enrolled in Stern courses and can be found here:

Undergraduate College: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/uc/codeofconduct
Graduate Programs: http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/studentactivities/involved.cfm?doc_id=102505

To help ensure the integrity of our learning community, prose assignments you submit to Blackboard will be submitted to Turnitin.  Turnitin will compare your submission to a database of prior submissions to Turnitin, current and archived Web pages, periodicals, journals, and publications.  Additionally, your document will become part of the Turnitin database.

 

Recording of Classes

Your class may be recorded for educational purposes

 

Students with Disabilities

If you have a qualified disability and will require academic accommodation of any kind during this course, you must notify me at the beginning of the course and provide a letter from the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD, 998-4980, www.nyu.edu/csd) verifying your registration and outlining the accommodations they recommend.  If you will need to take an exam at the CSD, you must submit a completed Exam Accommodations Form to them at least one week prior to the scheduled exam time to be guaranteed accommodation.

 

Additional Terms

See full version of syllabus on Blackboard.

 

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