The creative industries and the industries associated with them are not just copyright issues or a subdivision of the IPR team. Not only do the questions that you are faced with cross several areas of law, but in these, as in other business expert activities, it is vital to know the mechanics, actors and customs of the field being consulted. Humility, and especially the possibility to ask and utilise other experts in your own work, is often a critical factor. Despite the rhetoric of social media and annual reports, lawyers, as a rule, still have a long way to go to genuine client-serving teamwork, where clients benefit (cost-effectively) from multidisciplinary teams.
However, a word about copyright in particular: I learned at an early stage as a lawyer in the “creative world” that in the creative phase, copyright exclusivity is the greatest crime against the artist’s freedom of expression and creation. However, once the work is completed, exclusivity produced by copyright becomes the most sacred legal good in the world – especially economically. Making art is a journey and so is the attitude towards copyright. Perspectives and opinions change.
The creative and entertainment industries are not legal farm leagues, where you can practice and go for a refreshing break. For example, if the day job involves dealing with compliance or insurance law matters, it is worth considering whether the representation you are providing would be good enough for a younger family member if they were to sign an artist contract with a multinational entertainment giant. As in other areas of law, close enough is not good enough. On the other hand, a persistent myth exists in the creative industry that there are no qualified lawyers in Finland, in law firms or elsewhere, working in the entertainment and creative industries, which is simply incorrect and dangerous because it is unnecessarily polarising.