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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. This was the first time I’ve had a partner on a writing project and we were both very eager and excited to produce something. Unfortunately, we began without considering a contract!

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

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Q: I have written and produced a webseries and I would like to submit it to different companies PR and Advertising departments to see if I could possibly sell the idea. How do I protect my footage and idea, and still try to push this webseries to as many companies as possible.

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 13

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Episode: Follow Ups: Justin Bieber; Tenenbaum, Kate Plus 8. Fleeting Expletives. JayZ wins. A few Fair Use cases. Copyrights, Trademark cases. Some BIG wins for plaintiffs in profit participation suits. GET CLE CREDIT for this episode. SHOW NOTES. FOLLOW UPS AND QUICK TAKES.

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. Album Integrity in the age of digital downloads. Love Music? Support Grammy Foundation & MusiCares. Show notes. Some quick takes and follow ups.

Media Producers Survival Guide now available in more formats!

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m very pleased to announce that my ebook, The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide is now available for Amazon’s Kindle reader and Apple’s iPad , as well as in.pdf format.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 16: How we track stories; top stories of 2010

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Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: follow ups. Recent Cases and Decisions. Some online resources we use to keep on top of the stories. Our top stories for 2010. GET CLE CREDIT for this episode.

Is Spiderman working without a net (profit) on Broadway

Gordon P. Firemark

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the $65 Million production of Spiderman on Broadway will take two or three years running at 100% capacity to recoup its investment. Now, historically, multi-year runs at 100% capacity are the rare exception.

My appearance on “The Podcasters Studio” ‘Podcasting and the Law’

Gordon P. Firemark

Earlier this week, I was interviewed for Episode 38 of “The Podcasters Studio&# , a podcast about podcasting technique, technology and philosophy.

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? Hitchcock Movies never go out of style. Oprah gets sued for publicizing author’s work. Photographer claims r TV movie photo infringes his image.

My appearance on Lawyer 2 Lawyer Podcast

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m very pleased to have appeared on the prestigious Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast on the Legal Talk Network with host Robert Ambrogi. The title of the episode was: Entertainment Law & the Challenges of Celebrity.

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 episode, to be recoded on October 28th, will focus on entertainment law, particularly some of the challenges in representing celebrity clients.

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.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: I am thinking about writing a series of YA novels featuring the characters and world of King Arthur and Robin Hood. Does anyone own the rights to these historical/fictional characters and settings, or are they considered in the public domain?

Coming Soon: My Books!

Gordon P. Firemark

I am very pleased to announce the forthcoming release of two books I’ve written. The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide. The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Field Guide will be released and launched at the Blogworld New Me.

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 14

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Episode: follow ups. Letterman v. Phoenix? Naked Cowpersons. Eminem wins on downloads. ASCAP Loses on downloads. MADONNA not the only material girl. Ivi, Inc. says it doesn’t need a license for tv rebroadcasts. Righthaven: Troll or Defender? Vernor v.

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

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Q : What happens if a friend, or someone else, makes a suggestion that you think is good and without written permission include the line, scene, or piece of business in your screenplay. Is there now a copyright issue?

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

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Q: I have an excellent screenplay concept I’m into – Inspired by a previously published literary book, written by a now-deceased author & screenwriter whose trade and screen writing professional work was quite successful. The publisher of the original “book&# is contemporary.

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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. Some BIG wins for plaintiffs in profit participation suits. GET CLE CREDIT for this episode. SHOW NOTES. FOLLOW UPS AND QUICK TAKES.

Asked and Answered: Query letters as unsolicited submissions?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: As a TV/film screenwriter I’ve sent short pitches and query letters to several agents. Some have responded with requests to see my work, but other have returned my queries with a “no unsolicited&# material letter from the submissions department.

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. You don’t have to do anything special to protect the rights.

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. If you’re interested, it’s not too late to sign up! Just Visit ANMT.org, by clicking the links below. HOW DOES A MUSICAL GET FINANCED? Thinking about producing yourself?

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

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Q: Among a number of scripts and short stories I’ve written is a short sight gag that I doubt I could get anyone else interested in producing — basically it would be too short, and the only market I think would be youtube.

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. If you’re interested, it’s not too late to sign up! Just Visit ANMT.org, by clicking the links below. HOW DOES A MUSICAL GET FINANCED? Thinking about producing yourself?

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

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: I am currently resea rching a story that occurred in the 1700s in France. I have used a number of different sources to put together a time-line of the heroine’s life, from which I have plotted out the story.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

It’s quite frequent in my practice. My clients are asked to accept less than their usual fee or “quote&# for work. What’s offered in exchange for this important concession? You guessed it, Producer credit.

Theatre Lovers: This summer’s for you!

Gordon P. Firemark

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. The academy is an incubator for new musicals, helping writers, composers, lyricists and producers come together to create new works.

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. At what point does a family member’s or friend’s contribution considered sufficient to be considered collaboration?

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. The CEO of agency advices to do grammar edit and to change the title of the script. I’ve registered my rights with original title in WGA and Copyright as well.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Episode: Follow up on Hot News. Viacom loses suit against YouTube. Hurt Locker Suit(s). Idea Theft. Tribute Band Names. Celebrity Rights of publicity. GET CLE CREDIT for this episode. Go to Entertainment Law Update podcast page.

Teaching Theater Law

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to teach some Theater Law programs this summer, and a law school course on theater law starting in the fall. ANMT BOOTCAMP. First, this August, I’ll be teaching a 2-night workshop entitled “HOW DOES A MUSICAL GET FINANCED?&#

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

Gordon P. Firemark

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

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

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I’ve recently been grappling with a question of whether a theater director’s efforts to stage a play or musical can be protected by copyright. Now, at first blush, this might seem a simple issue, but it’s actually rather complex.

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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!&# cries Justin Bieber. Dramatic vs. Non-Dramatic rights in musical works. Ride-along producer : Ride-along defendant? Bryant v. Media Right, Orchard.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 11: Hot News!

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Episode: Ethics and the non-practicing attorney… a long tail. Zorro draws its sword against M&M candies. “Free Scooter!&# cries Justin Bieber. Dramatic vs. Non-Dramatic rights in musical works. Ride-along producer : Ride-along defendant? Bryant v. Media Right, Orchard.

Teaching legal workshop at Santa Clarita Valley Photo Center

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m flattered to have been asked to lead a workshop on photographers’ rights for the Santa Clarita Valley Photo Center. The workshop is May 20, 2010, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Here’s the official blurb: Thursday, May 20 th – 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

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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. Stormtrooper Replicas: Final Strike By British Court of Appeal. Stormtroopers In The Courtroom — earlier post by Tamera: [link]. LucasFilms won a $20 million judgement in a U.S.

Happy Passover!

Gordon P. Firemark

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

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Speaking at Institute for International Film Financing (link updated)

Gordon P. Firemark

CORRECTION: the link to the event has been revised. Thursday, January 14, 2010, from 7-. 10pm, I’ll be speaking at the Institute for International Film Financing.

Happy Thanksgiving, giving thanks.

Gordon P. Firemark

Image via Wikipedia. I 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. Personally, I am blessed with a marvelous family.

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