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“What Exactly ARE Media Lawyers?” and Other FAQs Answered

Media lawyers deal with the legal intricacies of every type of media, ranging from video games to newspapers. 

However, as the scope of media lawyers’ specialization has increased with the explosion 💥 of social media, many people have questions about what exactly media lawyers do, and when they should seek out their services.

Therefore, to help clear up some of the confusion, I’ve decided to answer some of my followers’ FAQs about media lawyers. Check them out below!


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Q: Is a media lawyer the same thing as an entertainment lawyer?

A: Yes and no. An entertainment lawyer is a type of a media lawyer. 

For example, entertainment lawyers may focus on one or more of the following types of media:

✳️ Film, Television, and Theater

✳️ Music

✳️ Publishing

✳️ Digital and Social Media, including Copyrights and Intellectual Property

✳️ Video Games

✳️ Visual Arts

On the other hand, media lawyers who are not necessarily entertainment lawyers focus on more generalized media-related legal issues. Some of these issues may include, but are not limited to:

✳️ Advertising and Marketing

✳️ Broadcasting

✳️ Information Technology

✳️ Privacy and Confidentiality

✳️ Negotiations and Contracts

In fact, media lawyers often deal with many types of legal specialties, as long as they relate to the media industry. For example, media lawyers may find themselves navigating finance 💰 law, corporate law, and even immigration law all with one client!

Furthermore, as a social media attorney, I advise my clients on topics ranging from business law to trademark protection. Ultimately, I can help my clients with just about any legal issue; but at the end of the day, it always relates back to the world of entertainment.

Q: When should I think about hiring a media lawyer?

A: If you are a small business owner, freelancer, or independent contractor who works in the entertainment or media industry, you should most definitely consider consulting 🤝 with a media lawyer.

As a content creator, you have the right to protect yourself and your art from legal issues. In fact, at any given time, any sort of creator may deal with one or more of the following legal problems:

✔️ Unfair contracts

✔️ Copyright infringement or DMCA takedowns

✔️ Privacy

✔️ Intellectual property protection

✔️ Sponsorship deals

✔️ Libel and slander

✔️ FTC and FCC compliance

Therefore, you owe it to yourself, your fans, and your art to utilize every source of legal protection possible – or it could cost you your career 😨.

Q: How do I become a media lawyer?

Becoming a media lawyer starts with the same steps as entering any other field of law: obtaining a Bachelor’s and a law degree 📜. 

However, students may want to minor in communications or media during undergrad. Also, anyone interested in media law should inquire about whether their law school offers a certificate of specialization in the subject.

Finally, after graduation and joining their state’s Bar association, anyone interested in media law – especially if they’re looking to specialize in entertainment – should consider whether moving to a production hub such as New York City 🗽 or Los Angeles would be beneficial to their career.

If you are especially interested in the entertainment field or issues such as copyright law or censorship, you may want to check out media law. You can find more information here.