Social Media and its Impact on the Practice of Entertainment Law

Date: December 14, 2010
Duration:  67 minutes
Committee: Entertainment and Sports Industry Committee
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About the Program

If you are a young lawyer utilizing social media and interested in practicing entertainment law this is a must attend session. Adjunct professor and current practitioner, Peter Levitan, will share valuable tips and information regarding the following issues:

  • Use of social media for litigation research, transactional due diligence and employment checks.
  • Understanding the replacement of traditional media by social media for entertainment publicity (viral marketing and publicity of independent films, web TV and music).
  • Substantive legal issues in advising clients on a social media policy:  privacy; defamation; disclosure of trade secrets; and securities law prohibitions against trawling for investors online.
  • Use of social media for law firm marketing:  blogs; using Facebook and LinkedIn; the unauthorized practice of law in jurisdictions where a lawyer isn’t licensed to practice; listserves; and websites.
  • Virtual law offices

Please note: The ABA is not requesting CLE accreditation for this program. However, if interested, you may be able to apply for credit directly with your state bar(s). Please contact your state bar for regulations and guidelines.

Program Faculty

Rachael  Shinoskie, Linzer & Associates, Los Angeles, CA

Peter Levitan, Law Office of Peter Levitan, Sherman Oaks, CA
Peter Levitan is an entertainment and general business attorney in Sherman Oaks, CA, specializing in entertainment financing.  He has represented major film studios and European film funds, mini-major production companies, and numerous other U.S. and overseas production companies and individual producers, writers and directors. He is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he teaches a course on entertainment financing, covering the financing of film, television, music, theatre and new media, the first such course in an American law school.