Why do TV Broadcasts need agreements?
TV broadcasts involve a large range of legal issues from employee rights to intellectual property. Production agreements ensure that parties are on the same page regarding services, timelines, and payment.
What are the legal considerations involved in a TV broadcast production?
Intellectual property rights are a major consideration in TV productions because productions use many copyrighted materials including music, images, and footage. All necessary licenses and permissions need to be obtained to use the materials in production. TV productions also produce new intellectual programming that needs to be protected with copyrights and trademarks. The next concern is privacy and defamation, because many productions use portrayals of real people and personal information. Companies should obtain permissions and releases from individuals appearing in the production to ensure they are not violating privacy or defamation laws. TV productions also require staff and companies need to ensure they are complying with employment laws including minimum wage, overtime regulations, and discrimination. When productions include advertisements and sponsorships, they must comply with any laws regarding disclosures, disclaimers, and other advertising practices. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates the use of certain words and images, as well as requirements for closed captioning and audio descriptions. TV productions must comply with FCC regulations as well as any other relevant regulations. Finally, TV broadcast productions should have insurance because there is the potential for liabilities such as accidents on set or copyright infringement allegations.
What agreements are involved in a TV broadcast production?