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Leisure, Events and Entertainments

Leisure Law refers to not only the industry of sports, recreation, and entertainment, but also to the rights of employees to leisure time.

In the context of employee rights, in the United States there are a number of laws regulating leisure time for employees (i.e., breaks, vacations, personal leave). Often, aside from time mandated by statute, the exact method of determining an employee's entitlement to leisure time in the United States is set forth in the employment agreement or in an employer's policies.

Much of leisure law pertains to matters of concern to owners, managers, franchisors, developers and lenders with respect to hotels and other hospitality and leisure businesses. These matters may relate to corporate law, real estate matters, financing, franchise and distribution rights, employment, intellectual property, administrative regulations, and various types of litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Businesses that commonly fall under the umbrella of leisure laws include hotels and timeshares, resorts, and country clubs, luxury / serviced apartments, amusement parks, health and fitness facilities, movie theaters, nightclubs, marinas, casinos, bowling alleys, catering operations, conference halls, and many others.

Entertainment law (or media law) is legal services to the entertainment industry. Entertainment law overlaps with intellectual property law (especially trademarks, copyright, and the "Right of Publicity"), but the practice of entertainment law often involves questions of employment law, contract law, torts, labor law, bankruptcy law, immigration, securities law, security interests, agency, right of privacy, defamation, advertising, criminal law, tax law, International law (especially Private international law), and insurance law.

Much of the work of an entertainment law practice is transaction based, i.e., drafting contracts, negotiation and mediation. Some situations may lead to litigation or arbitration.

Entertainment law covers an area of law which involves media of all types (TV, film, music, publishing, advertising, Internet & news media, etc.), and stretches over various legal fields, including corporate, finance, intellectual property, publicity and privacy, and, in the United States, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

For film, entertainment attorneys work with the actor's agent to finalize the actor's contracts for projects. After an agent lines up work for a star the entertainment attorney negotiates with the agent and buyer of the actor's talent for compensation and profit participation. Entertainment attorneys are under strict confidentiality so the specifics of their job are kept secret. But some entertainment attorney's job descriptions have become comparable to those of a star's agent, manager or publicist. They also assist in building a client's career.

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