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An agent is: "A person authorized by another to
act for him, one entrusted with another's business....One who represents and
acts for another under the contract or relation of agency. A business
representative whose function is to bring about, modify, affect, accept
performance of, or terminate contractual obligations between principal and
third persons. One who undertakes to transact some business, or to manage
some affair, for another, by authority and on account of the latter, and to
render an account of it." (Black's Law Dict. (5th ed. 1979) p.59,
col.1, citations omitted)
An attorney is: "....an agent or substitute, or
one who is appointed and authorized to act in the place or stead of
another....Person admitted to practice law in his respective state and
authorized to perform both civil and criminal legal functions for clients,
including drafting of legal documents, giving legal advice, and representing
such before courts, administrative agencies, boards, etc." (Black's Law
Dict (15th ed 1979) p.1055, col.2, citations omitted)
A literary agent represents a client in business
transactions between the client and third parties (such as publishing
companies)--but who does not give legal advice.
The professional conduct of an attorney is heavily
regulated by the laws of the jurisdiction where the attorney is licensed.
These laws govern advertising and solicitation, client funds,
confidentiality, and communications with clients.
No such laws govern the conduct of a literary agent
The professional conduct of a literary agent who is
also licensed as an attorney, is governed by the same laws that apply to the
professional conduct of other attorneys licensed in their jurisdiction--even
though as a literary agent the attorney is not providing legal services.
Entertainment law is the body of law and legal
principles that pertain to the entertainment industry.
The legal services provided by an entertainment
attorney to writers generally include: business organization, contract
enforcement, copyright infringement prosecution, litigation, securing
copyrights and providing legal advice about copyright issues, securing
releases and providing legal advice about whether a release is necessary or
required, tax advise, and vetting (analyzing a work for defamatory
depictions, trademark or copyright infringement, and violations of privacy).
The practice of entertainment law also involves
advising the client on the business practices and procedures of the
entertainment industry, and acting as a client's agent. Entertainment
attorneys generally limit the emphasis of their practices to a niche.
In contrast, a literary agent shops a writer's work
to the publishing industry, advises the client on the business practices and
procedures of the publishing industry, and collects and distributes royalty
payments for the client.
Entertainment attorneys provide literary agency
services. Literary agents can't provide legal services.
Neither entertainment attorneys nor literary agents
provide personal management services.
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