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What is poaching, and is it common in the entertainment industry?

Imagine for a moment an executive in the entertainment industry who makes hiring decisions regarding high-level employees. That person spends a lot of time, energy and creative thought in securing the best talent available to help drive business profits and success in an industry that is centrally marked by an intense competition among rivals.

So, was it a film distribution agreement or something else?

P.E.A. films, the successor in rights to an Italian company that years ago had "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" and other seminal movies in its owned catalog, filed a federal lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 2014. That litigation alleged that MGM was not adequately compensating it under an agreement between the parties pursuant to which MGM distributed several of P.E.A.'s films, including the above Clint Eastwood classic.

How do I get out of this contract?

So you signed a contract that you expected would further your career as an entertainer. But now, you realize the deal is not what you expected, or you are unsatisfied with the results. Whatever the reason, you want out. At the same time, you don’t want to risk getting sued for breach of contract, or develop a reputation in the industry for being untrustworthy.

Don Omar sues CBS Radio for breach of contract and infringement

There are a lot of people across the nation, including many here in California, who are woefully unaware of how the law works concerning contracts and how compensation can be sought when one party believes that another has breached it. This is primarily because most people deal with written contracts where oftentimes the terms of the contract are very clear, meaning you should know when a breach has occurred.

How do I know if my employment contract is legal?

As so many of our regular readers know, contracts are often considered the lifeblood of the entertainment industry. Everything from authorizing the use of a screenwriter's script to producing a song or album, you can bet that a well-drafted contract is behind each of these transactions, making sure that both parties have protections in the event that litigation is required to resolve a dispute.

Do reality TV contests pay off for restaurants even if they lose?

Recently, there was a lot of excitement in Orange County because local bistro Little Sparrow was featured in the Feb. 25 episode of Bravo's "Best New Restaurant." Although the 42-seat Santa Ana restaurant didn't make it to the semifinals, it still got an hour's worth of praise from celebrity judge Tom Colicchio -- and that coast-to-coast exposure indeed translated into patrons.

Signing a contract? Don't forget to talk to your lawyer first

Consider for a moment what you might want out of a contract if you were a performer, director or artist. Your main focus might be on maintaining creative control over a project or even retaining intellectual property rights. You might have questions about royalty payments and if you have any right to leave a contract before its term has ended.