Henry H. Perritt, Jr, law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent, predicts that lessons from the 2011 National Football League lockout litigation presage the future of entertainment disputes. He finds strong similarities between the economic structure of professional sports and theater, music and video entertainment. He foresees a blurring between the borders of employment-entrepreneurship and labor-product markets. Arguing that over-aggressive enforcement of copyright can poison the wealth promised by new technologies, Perritt prognosticates that antitrust laws will be adapted to accommodate both product markets and public welfare. Entertainment lawyers may find some insights in his cross discussion of antitrust prohibitions taken from product market restraints as applied to labor market restraints. Read Perritt’s conclusions and his entire article here.
NFL lockout: template for tackling talent tiffs?
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