Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Alice J. Baker


This article examines covenants not to compete in the entertainment industry. In the first section of the article, the author discusses the common-law doctrine of non-competition agreements and their application in the context of the entertainment industry. Next, the author examines state legislative attempts to limit this type of agreement in the broadcasting industry, including possible justifications for a legislative prohibition on them in the entertainment industry. The author concludes that the costs of blanket prohibition outweigh the benefits of prohibitive legislation, and argues that broadcasting companies and employees should be free to negotiate and enforce postemployment covenants not to compete as any other contractual agreement.