Entertainment and Media Law in Ireland (HB)

Entertainment and Media Law in Ireland (HB)


This book offers guidance on eluding the common pitfalls and traps set for the unwary.


Author: Simon Shire | ISBN:  978-1-911611-91-2 | Format: Hardback (Limited Edition) | Price: €199(HB)  | Published: 23 November 2023 |  Paperback version also available. For details click here


Entertainment and Media Law in Ireland is the first textbook of its kind in this jurisdiction collating a wealth of domestic and international legal sources which impact the sector. It addresses the myriad practical considerations when developing, producing and commercially exploiting content. Creative practitioners and business/legal advisors alike are equipped with a series of signposts in the form of best practice procedures as summarised from a hands-on, practical perspective. The work is presented in straightforward language for market entrants while simultaneously citing legislation, EU/international law and case law precedent from Ireland and a number of other common law jurisdictions for the benefit of its more industry-experienced audience.

With 36 chapters divided into six parts, this body of work covers an extensive range of topics from business set-up and risk mitigation to effecting policies of production and professional indemnity insurance. It explores copyright, performer rights and moral rights, funding and distribution of films and television output, legal clearances, data protection and privacy, life rights, trademarks, music law and the regulation of audiovisual content, together with the legal and ethical issues affecting present-day journalism and broadcasting.

Entertainment and Media Law in Ireland draws on the author’s substantial legal experience as well as his deep appreciation and in-depth understanding of music, television, film, stage and other production output. The book emerged from a discovery of the dearth of authoritative sources available in this specialist field of law and the author’s yearning to provide a one-stop resource to plug this unsustainable lacuna for the benefit of Ireland’s burgeoning audiovisual market.

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Content Includes

Part I : Business Management, Regulation and Risk Mitigation

  • Business Set-up, Private Companies and Taxation/Self-Assessment
  • Media, Event and Film Production Insurance
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work
  • Defamation, Parody & Satire and Norwich Pharmacal Orders
  • Defamation of a Body Corporate and Product/Brand Disparagement

Part II: Audiovisual, Stage and Radio Productions

  • Film Distribution
  • Private Funding of Film
  • Section 481
  • Screen Ireland Funding
  • (Pt 1) Chain of Title, Copyright and Moral Rights; (Pt 2) Copyright and Related Rights: Performer Rights
  • New Rights for Content Authors and Performers: Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market
  • Trademarks, Trademark Infringement and Passing Off
  • GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018
  • Filming Permits and Drone Operation
  • Employment of Children and Young Persons
  • Animal Actors and Circus Animals
  • Crew Agreements, Production Releases and Music Clearance
  • Life Rights; Right of Publicity; Commercials, Image Rights & False Endorsement; Passing Off
  • Stage Productions
  • Radio Documentaries
  • Royalties and Residuals for Actors, Writers, Directors and Producers

Part III: Music Production and Performances

  • Joint Authorship, Band Partnership Agreements and Recording Contract/Artist Management Litigation
  • Music Publishing, Master Recordings, Royalties, Collection Societies & Music Streaming
  • Music Copyright Infringement Litigation
  • Music Insurance; Shooting Music Videos

Part IV: General Entertainment

  • Occasional Licences for Marquees; Licensing of Concerts, Festivals, Public Events; Theatre Licences
  • Fire Safety, Occupiers’ Liability, Event Security and Licensing Indoor Events
  • Permits for Busking and Street Performances
  • Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries; Premium Rate Services; Commission for Communications Regulation

Part V : Digital Safety, Broadcasting Regulation and Audiovisual Media Services

  • Harmful Content Regulation; Establishment of the Media Commission and the EU Digital Services Act Package
  • The Media Commission: Compliance, Enforcement, Codes and Standards
  • Audiovisual Media Services Directive; Directive on Certain Online Transmissions and Retransmissions of Television and Radio Programmes

Part VI : Journalism Law, Regulation and Ethics

  • Court Reporting and Contempt of Court
  • Gagging Orders and Super-Injunctions; Covert Investigative Filming and Prior Restraint Applications
  • Privacy, Breach of Confidence and Parental Consent
  • The Press Council of Ireland and Office of the Press Ombudsman; Protection of Journalistic Sources

About the Author

Simon Shire is a Consultant Solicitor and Notary Public who specialises in entertainment and property law. A former law lecturer at the University of Limerick, he previously guest-lectured on the film production diploma at Pulse College in Dublin. He also holds a qualification in sound engineering and music production from Windmill Lane Academy. A member of IMRO, MCPSI and PPI, Simon regularly attends film and television courses as well as music industry seminars. Aside from legal practice, he also acts as executive producer on television and film projects.

Who Should Buy This Book?

Entertainment and Media Law in Ireland is aimed at persons engaged in entertainment and media services, be they producers, broadcasters, production company directors, online content providers, accountants, event organisers, music producers, radio personnel, journalists, filmmakers, theatre directors, music composers or film crew. The book will also serve the needs of film, media and law students, entertainment law practitioners and all those seeking to up-skill in this ever-expanding sector of the economy.


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