When people in the entertainment industry come up with ideas they think are worth producing, they often go to friends or colleagues for advice and to see if the idea is worth publishing. But even the most trusted of confidants can let slip a million-dollar idea, which can sometimes lead to litigation in some instances.
Copyright laws apply to the entertainment industry as well as to manufactured products. Entertainment laws can be quite complex. The more popular an entertainer, author, or artist's works or production become, the more people want a piece of them. Copyright contracts must be carefully drafted to ensure that the performer or creator's rights are fully protected. A minor mistake could open up a loophole for someone to infringe upon those rights.
The award-winning History Channel mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" was set in the late 1800s on the West Virginia/Kentucky border, but it was filmed in Romania. Unlike the members of the historic feuding families, of course, the actors weren't necessarily expert horseback riders. It's customary, therefore, for production companies to provide riding instruction and gentle, well-trained horses.
Recently, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry -- two of the biggest acts in pop music -- moved up the release dates of the first singles from their new albums after the tracks were leaked online.