With the popularity of do-it-yourself legal services, many filmmakers, writers and artists opt to find entertainment-related contracts online, documents filled with boilerplate language. While the attraction to this practice is understandable for the budget conscious, warning: big savings in the beginning can lead to huge, bad financial liabilities later — and longer. Creative types may find themselves regretting their lack of understanding of industry-specific terms or “customs and practices” of a trade, especially when these are locked into standard, form agreements available online for free or for a relatively small fee. With technology advancing so swiftly and affecting entertainment and media content, it is more important than ever to work with experienced entertainment attorneys to draft contracts and other legal documents says Gordon P. Firemark, an entertainment attorney and Southwestern Law School adjunct faculty member in a more detailed discussion here.
Caveat emptor: boilerplate, online contracts
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