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Asked and Answered: What can I do if my co-writer bails before the script is finished?

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Q:  Last year I hit it off with fellow film-maker and we decided to write a script together. Unfortunately, we began without considering a contract!

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 13

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In this Episode: Follow Ups:  Justin Bieber; Tenenbaum, Kate Plus 8. Fleeting Expletives. JayZ wins. A few Fair Use cases. Copyrights, Trademark cases.

4 ways do-it-yourself-ers mess up trademark applications

Gordon P. Firemark

I'm frequently asked by clients to help them "fix" defective applications for trademark registration, after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's examiners have rejected them. As often as not, the rejections are the result of simple mistakes, but once they're made, the damage can be difficult (and costly) to repair. Here's the link to his article.

Media Producers Survival Guide now available in more formats!

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Also included are several free bonus reports, sample letters and checklists! Forewarned is forearmed. Don’t Wait! Purchase online at [link].

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 15

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Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: follow ups. Is Ageism in Hollywood getting out of hand? Bob Marley Family loses.

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My appearance on Lawyer 2 Lawyer Podcast

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I’m very pleased to have appeared  on the prestigious  Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast on the  Legal Talk Network with host  Robert Ambrogi.

Appearing on Lawyer2Lawyer show October 28, 2010

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m very pleased to have been invited to appear on the prestigious Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast on the Legal Talk Network with host Robert Ambrogi.

The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide

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My ebook, The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide is now available for sale. Forewarned is forearmed. Don’t Wait!

Asked & Answered: Legendary characters – public domain or protected?

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Q:  I am thinking about writing a series of YA novels featuring the characters and world of King Arthur and Robin Hood.

Coming Soon: My Books!

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I am very pleased to announce the forthcoming release of two books I’ve written. dia Expo in Las Vegas on October 15th, 2010.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 14

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In this Episode: follow ups. Letterman v. Phoenix? Naked Cowpersons. Eminem wins on downloads. ASCAP Loses on downloads. Ivi, Inc. Vernor v. Stories.

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Asked and Answered: Is a friend’s suggestion in my screenplay ‘authorship’?

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You see, this is actually less about the copyright, than it is about the contract between you and the friend. Are you sure?

Asked & Answered: How do I protect myself when I submit my idea?

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Here are my suggestions: 1. Register your copyright for the scripts, episodes, etc. Only share your material with people you know and trust. 4.

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Asked & Answered: Is it safe to write a new work based on a deceased author’s book?

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The publisher of the original “book&#  is contemporary. From whom should such permission be sought? the copyright on the work has expired).

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In this Episode: Follow Ups:  Justin Bieber; Tenenbaum, Kate Plus 8. Fleeting Expletives. JayZ wins. A few Fair Use cases. Copyrights, Trademark cases.

Asked and Answered: Query letters as unsolicited submissions?

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Q: As a TV/film screenwriter I’ve sent short pitches and query letters to several agents. Thinking of Producing it yourself?

Asked and Answered: Can I register my copyright under a Pseudonym?

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Q: What’s required to protect the rights to a screenplay written under a pseudonym? A: Good news. Give the pseudonym on the associated line.

How Musical Theater projects get financed

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Starting next Tuesday, I’ll be leading a theater financing workshop at the Academy For New Musical Theater. HOW DOES A MUSICAL GET FINANCED?

Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to film a business’ logo or building?

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Use of a logo need not necessarily place the business in a bad light to be troublesome.  Thinking of Producing it yourself?

How Musical Theater projects get financed

Gordon P. Firemark

Starting next Tuesday, I’ll be leading a theater financing workshop at the Academy For New Musical Theater. HOW DOES A MUSICAL GET FINANCED?

Asked and Answered: Do I need to clear rights for a historical film set in the 1700s?

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Q:   I am currently resea rching a story that occurred in the 1700s in France. Full disclosure is usually the best approach.

Producer Credit in Lieu of Compensation: Trouble in the making?

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It’s quite frequent in my practice.  My clients are asked to accept less than their usual fee or “quote&# for work. 

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Theatre Lovers: This summer’s for you!

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As you may know, In addition to my entertainment law practice, I volunteer as the President of the Board of the Academy for New Musical Theatre. 

Asked and Answered: When are friends and family co-authors?

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Q: Writers are encouraged to share their work with friends and family prior to submitting to publishing or film industry professionals.

Asked and Answered: What happens to my rights when I change the title?

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Q: I’ve sent my script to an agency and have got response they wanna represent me. Thinking of Producing it yourself?

Podcast: Entertainment Law Update – Episode 12 – YouTube, Hurt Locker, Idea Theft & More

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In this Episode: Follow up on Hot News. Viacom loses suit against YouTube. Hurt Locker Suit(s). Idea Theft. Tribute Band Names.

Teaching Theater Law

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ANMT BOOTCAMP. Featuring something for everyone. Theater Law class for attorneys seeking an LLM degree.

Asked and Answered: Is changing the title, setting or character details enough to avoid paying for the rights?

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Q: A playwright/filmmaker in the United Kingdom optioned a portion of my self published novel to develop into a play and short film. Last Jan.

Should there be a “Director’s Copyright” in stage directions? (Reader survey)

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Now, at first blush, this might seem a simple  issue, but it’s actually rather complex.  Here’s what I mean. Copyright Act. the authors).

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In this Episode: Ethics and the non-practicing attorney… a long tail. Zorro draws its sword against M&M candies. “Free Scooter!&#

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 11: Hot News!

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In this Episode: Ethics and the non-practicing attorney… a long tail. Zorro draws its sword against M&M candies. “Free Scooter!&#

Teaching legal workshop at Santa Clarita Valley Photo Center

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I’m flattered to have been asked to lead a workshop on photographers’ rights for the Santa Clarita Valley Photo Center. instructor $69.

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast, Episode 10

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Replicas, trademark, copyright, etc. Star Wars: the Court of Appeal strikes back – International Law Office. Is attempting to enforce a U.S.

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Happy Passover!

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Just a quick post to wish all of our readers a happy Passover!

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 9, Olympic trademarks, album integrity, and more.

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GET CLE CREDIT for this episode. Quick Takes. IP and the Olympics. Sculptural works, photographs and subsequent uses. Love Music? Show notes. Decision.

Speaking at Institute for International Film Financing (link updated)

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CORRECTION:  the link to the event has been revised. Thursday, January 14, 2010, from 7-.

Happy Thanksgiving, giving thanks.

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Image via Wikipedia. want to take a few moments to wish all of my readers, listeners, colleagues, clients and friends, a very happy Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving holiday is a good time to consider all that we are thankful for, and to express that gratitude. Finally, I must give thanks to our wonderful country. Gobble Gobble!

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Asked and Answered: Do I need to re-register and register my copyright in other countries?

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Q: I am a Canadian who wrote a screenplay and registered it for US copyright.  I have been writing query letters and submitting the screenplay to producers around the world—including to a few producers in another country who expressed interest in reading it.  essentially I would have no protection.  That is, my U.S.

Asked & Answered: When do I discuss payment?

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Q: I am new to the screenplay business.  I do not have an agent since I have not yet had anything produced and the agents that I have approached are not taking on new clients. have written a screenplay that has been a contest winner. have shopped around and have attracted some interest from producers. When should you seek legal advice?