Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Legalease ...of special interest to artists, athletes, musicians, etc.

Entertainers - this is for your consideration. 
In plain 'kindergarten' English, learn the basics of
Business Contracts  &  Tort litigation--
Two online courses described below may help you better understand what's in those contracts you're signing and how to stop those 'ugly' things people are saying about you behind your back.

Are you aware
that law is a bit different
for private citizens
as opposed to 
commentary  or  public figures?

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That a public figure (i.e., celebrities and politicians) who depend on in essence,  a "fan base" to earn a living, sets forth a condition wherein  the condition actually places the celeb in a quirky category of legal protection by law.  And in similar fashion, commentators may be subject to ridiculous caricature and/or parody.  So then, what is the definition of a  public figure?  Paraphrasing from Black's Law Dictionary... Have you 'assumed [through a set of specific actions on your part], a role of special importance in society' ... 'where public attention is focused upon you?'

This is going to be a long post.  But the information will be well worth the read.  Bill Gates talked about these courses on 60 Minutes!

Knowledge is Power!  Vast sums of monies are spent by industry creatives to ensure and protect one's legal interests.  Do you actually understand what your high-dollar attorney is explaining or does half of his/her jargon go over your head?  ***crickets***   Exactly, and you're not alone. 

To bridge that gap of 'awareness,' may I suggest that you order one-- if not both-- of the following digital audio eLearning courses?

With the information presented in our first eCourse offered, you may very well achieve a better understanding of the all important, business contract.  In our second eCourse, you will get a handle on and learn the substance of negligence and torts and how you're affected by this harm, done to you by others.

One thing I know for sure, you'll most certainly leave your attorney's office feeling more aware of the many machinations inherent in the entertainment world.  And... what if we exposed our 'industry teens' and/or our young family members to this powerful information?  Perhaps you may open up the possibility of creating an entertainment attorney in your family.  First up!   

Business Law: Contracts 

What is a contract? How can you make one binding? How can you avoid being prematurely bound by one? What can you do to get out of a contract? What remedies are available if someone breaches your contract? What special rules apply to international contracts? When is a contract not binding? When does a mistake by either party or fraud by one of them invalidate a contract?

"...Contractual agreements are one of the principal mechanisms for ordering life in society. Whether a contract is written or oral, or even implicit, it carries with it all of the duties and obligations that society has endowed with the force of law."  --Professor Frank B. Cross

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In 8 lectures you will get these questions answered-- and more!  Lecture 1 explores the boundaries of contracts in law. It discusses the four main requirements that any contract must satisfy.  Lectures 2 and 3 give greater detail about the main components of a contract. One party makes an offer and the other accepts, refuses, or makes a counteroffer, but there are many possible slips in between. Which offers are binding? The preliminary issues of offer and acceptance are examined in Lecture 2, including the ability of parties to negotiate, the definiteness of a contract's terms, and terms of acceptance.

Order here: Business Law: Contracts  
Who knew being a singer, artist or entertainer would be so challenging?  But read on, there's more.

In Lecture 3, we look at three more elements of a binding contract: What each party must give up for a contract to be made ("consideration") Whether and when those of a diminished capacity, such as children or the insane, can make contracts.  When a contract must be in writing. When is a contract not binding?

Lectures 4 and 5 consider the possible reasons for declaring contracts void or breached. When does a mistake by either party or fraud by one of them invalidate a contract? When can a party successfully claim that an agreement was reached under duress? In Lecture 4, you get answers to these questions.  90% would recommend this to a friend.  Order here:  Business Law: Contracts  

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Business Law: Negligence and Torts
This course addresses two important questions: When is someone else legally responsible for harm done to you? When are you legally responsible for harm done to someone else?

This digital audio course of 8 lectures discusses torts, the body of law designed to redress, through civil litigation-- harms done to persons.  Each lecture is 30-minutes in length.  Lectures 4 and 5 deal with the celebrity high-profile, occasionally controversial topics of defamation, privacy, and emotional distress. In Lecture 4, you look at the law of libel (written) and slander (oral) that damage a person's reputation. Several requirements of defamation are discussed, as well as the 'privilege to defame' which can attend commentary on public figures.  Note: 83% would recommend this course to a friend.
Order here:   Business Law: Negligence and Torts 

Meet your course instructorFrank B. Cross is Professor of Business Regulation at The University of Texas at Austin and a former attorney with the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis in Washington, DC.  Professor Cross is the author of more than 30 articles in journals of law, science, policy, and management. He has published four textbooks for business law classes, as well as several other academic books. Professor Cross serves on the editorial boards of four journals, including the American Business Journal. The Academy of Legal Studies in Business honored Professor Cross as the nation's outstanding professor. Business Week 's guide to M.B.A. programs has also recognized him as one of the nation's outstanding teachers. His conversational, clear, thorough, and humorous style makes these two courses a pleasure. ~ 

Buy the courses here:  Business Law: ContractsBusiness Law: Negligence and Torts

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