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Book Review: ‘Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers’

Media Law

Who better, then, to write the book on blogging for lawyers than Ernie Svenson? Ernie starts the book by answering some basic questions about what blogs are and why lawyers should care about them. If you are new to blogging, you will not go wrong in buying this book.

Why is there a Google Books? Part 1: Machine Translations and Customer X

Music Technology Policy

It’s worth taking a longer look at exactly what Google Books is and who it may be meant to serve. A good way to accomplish this is with books in translation. In some cases, the delicate, rare and impossible to replace out of copyright books. A book on Peter F.

MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

April 7, 2004 In this newsletter: MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED "Risky Business" is the comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide to setting up an independent production project. The book is not yet in bookstores.

MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

April 7, 2004 In this newsletter: MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED "Risky Business" is the comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide to setting up an independent production project. The book is not yet in bookstores.

THE COURT DISMISSES "RUGRATS" INFRINGEMENT CLAIM AND REPRIMANDS PLAINTIFF'S LAWYER FOR FAILING TO WITHDRAW

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

April 26, 2004 In this newsletter: THE COURT DISMISSES "RUGRATS" INFRINGEMENT CLAIM AND REPRIMANDS PLAINTIFF'S LAWYER FOR FAILING TO WITHDRAW Philip Cargile sued Viacom for basing the characters from the Nickelodeon series, the "Rugrats," on his cartoon characters, the "Go-Burns." RISKY BUSINESS IS NOW AVAILABLE Mark's latest book "Risky Business" is now available for purchase and delivery via UPS through his website at www.marklitwak.com/store.

Frequently Asked Questions: Producing

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

A recent book that has been published by Silman-James Press is called Movie Money. The book discusses creative accounting. Answer: It doesn't matter whether an author is dead or a book is out of print. You need to determine if the book is copyrighted or in the public domain. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice.

Frequently Asked Questions: Copyright

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: I have an idea for a book that I want to write that I want to submit to a book publisher. However, I don't want the book publisher to steal the idea and have someone else write the book. Other people have also developed their interpretations, which have been published as books or plays. If you do have the right to adapt the book into a film, you will be able to secure the copyright to your screenplay and subsequent motion picture.

Frequently Asked Questions: Securing Rights

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: I recently learned of a French book I would like to try and set up as a film here in the U.S. Question: I am writing a book and within the book I would like to include a monologue from a major motion picture. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice.

Frequently Asked Questions: Music

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Answer: To learn the basics of music law, I would recommend the book, Music, Money and Success by Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec, published by Schirmer Books. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on such information without seeking the advice of an attorney and receiving counsel based on your particular facts and circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions: Career Advice

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: Have read many of your books in my graduate film program, which is based on legal and business aspects of the industry. In the excerpts from your book, you write of William Morris and CAA training as a means of getting into the entertainment industry. The entertainment law field spans different areas, including movies, television, book publishing, multimedia, and music. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law.

Frequently Asked Questions: Financing

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: Can you please provide me with the title of any books or other publications that provide a good overview of financing in the motion picture industry? I have just recently completed a book called Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Films, which will be published by Silman-James Press. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice.

Frequently Asked Questions: General Questions

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: Would you clarify the term "moral rights" used in your books? Question: I don't think this is covered in your books, at least from what I've read in them so far: A friend of mine says deferred pay for film crews is illegal, even though everyone does it. You can consult Matthew Bender's Law book series, Entertainment Industry Contracts, which should be available at most law libraries. You can also check my book, Contracts for the Film and Television Business, 2nd Ed.

Frequently Asked Questions: Contracts

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Answer: You may want to read my book: Contracts in the Film and Television Industry, 2nd Edition, published by Silman-James Press. Are there any sample contracts for such things in your book or other places? There are a number of different sample contracts in my book, Contracts for the Film & Television Industry,2nd Ed., In my book, Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry, 2nd Ed., Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law.

Frequently Asked Questions: Representation

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

There is a sample agreement in my book, Contracts in the Film and Television Industry published by Silman-James Press. There are copies of these documents in my book Contracts for the Film and Television Industry, 2nd Ed., Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice.

Frequently Asked Questions: Distribution

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: I've purchased and read both of your books. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on such information without seeking the advice of an attorney and receiving counsel based on your particular facts and circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions: Releases

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

A submission release can be found in my book, Contracts for the Film & Television Industry, published by Silman-James Press. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on such information without seeking the advice of an attorney and receiving counsel based on your particular facts and circumstances.

It’s Their Web: Google’s land grab with the new gTLDs for.music,film,movie,book

Music Technology Policy

The point about these new top level domains such as.music,film,movie,book, is that they could be community based for creators who work in these areas, not corporate monoliths that actually are key players in harming those creators.

J. D. SALINGER SUES TO PREVENT PUBLICATION OF BOOK

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

in his book as the 76-year-old Holden Caulfield who escapes from a nursing home and pontificates on his experiences while meandering New York City. The suit further argues that sales of Colting’s unauthorized book would siphon off profits due Salinger. Salinger’s lawyers, on the other hand, enumerate specific parallels between what they contend are idiosyncratic elements of “The Catcher in the Rye,” and elements of Colting’s book. Lawyers for acclaimed author J.

J. D. SALINGER SUES TO PREVENT PUBLICATION OF BOOK

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

in his book as the 76-year-old Holden Caulfield who escapes from a nursing home and pontificates on his experiences while meandering New York City. The suit further argues that sales of Colting’s unauthorized book would siphon off profits due Salinger. Salinger’s lawyers, on the other hand, enumerate specific parallels between what they contend are idiosyncratic elements of “The Catcher in the Rye,” and elements of Colting’s book. Lawyers for acclaimed author J.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog - Untitled Article

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Judge appears to back Google''s defense of digital books project | Internet & Media - CNET News A U.S. judge made comments Monday that suggest favor for Google''s defense of its digital books project, which could hobble an authors group''s effort to stop it.

Swedish Trilogy on Tarantino/Pitt Wish-List?

Thompson On Hollywood

And here's the trailer: Tags: Books Global Cinema Writers Brad Pitt Millenium Trilogy Quentin Tarantino Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo So far, Quentin Tarantino has preferred to direct and write originals.

Will Google Submit “The Power of Google Adsense” to Voluntary Oversight?

Music Technology Policy

Take Google Books for one example—Google could very easily have submitted to a voluntary agreement at the outset, but preferred—preferred—to slug it out in court when they thought they just had a group of authors to roll over with Google’s bottomless litigation budget raised through monopoly profits (or “rents”). It was only when the Google Books case was joined by the U.S. Remember—Google Books is not even part of Google’s core business.

Black Lives, White Lies and Emmett Till - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

That period comes painfully alive in “The Blood of Emmett Till,” a new book by the historian Timothy Tyson in which Carolyn Bryant Donham, the white woman who accused Emmett of assaulting her, says she lied.

The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act Part 1

Music Technology Policy

In the aftermath of the Google Books debacle, we are starting to hear noises that Google will back a new orphan works bill in this Congress. There is a Joseph Gratz who is counsel to Google in the Google Books case. These appear to be the same person. Google announced a deal with certain libraries on December 14, 2004 and were sued by the Authors Guild on September 20, 2005.

Snooki in a Trademark Catfight

JetLawBlog

The newest drama involves a cartoon cat named “Snooky&# from the children’s book Adventures of Snooky; Under the Sea by Karen Monaghan and Maureen Monaghan-Fabe. Quite the cat’s meow, the book won an American Graphic Design Award in 2004.

Why Songwriters Can’t Audit Under the Statutory Mechanical Royalty License, or Shall We Rely on the Kindness of Strangers?

Music Technology Policy

Once a year, the statute requires that a certified public accountant review the books and provide a certification of their own: Signature and certification. (i) Thanks to the hard work of a leading artist lawyer, the New York Attorney General conducted an investigation of unpaid record and music publishing royalties in 2004 and determined that over $50 million was available to be paid to creators.

The Future for Television: More Google Union-Busting

Music Technology Policy

Google TV will further the usual shakedown business model–we will steal from you until you get tired of litigating then you will give us a deal on our terms (YouTube, Google Books, etc.). For the big five studio broadcast networks, the total upfront money has been stagnant, with 2004 being the high-water market of total upfront dollars , even as television viewing has leaked out to cable channels and, increasingly, online viewing.

Underreporting and No Accountability: Another Reason Streaming Royalties are So Small

Music Technology Policy

11 In fact, some might even say that by allowing a publisher to cause the record company to open its books, the publisher felt less of a need to conduct an examination since it was able to do so. 20 See Musicians to receive $50 million in royalties , Chicago Tribune, May 5, 2004, available at [link]. We’re all mad here… Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , by Lewis Carroll.

Entertainment Law Update Episode 037 – Top Ten Stories of 2012

Gordon P. Firemark

Books by C.S. Charles created a $500,000 trust for each of his 12 children two years before his 2004 death in exchange for agreements from them that they “relinquished and waived any further claims to their father’s estate.” Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

invasion of privacy or any other tort founded upon any single publication or exhibition or utterance, such as any one issue of a newspaper or book or magazine or any one presentation to an audience or any one broadcast over radio or television or any one exhibition of a motion picture.”

The Wi-Spy Fiasco: The Plot Sickens Part 2

Music Technology Policy

Wardriving: Drive, Detect, Defend is a 2004 book authored by a number of engineers and includes analysis of the work by one Marius Milner, also known to the FCC as “Engineer Doe,” who Google apparently wants us all to believe is the “rogue engineer” solely to blame for sliding Google’s Wi-Spy device past the watchful eyes of the Google Street View product team. See Wardriving book review above.].

The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act Part 1

Music Technology Policy

In the aftermath of the Google Books debacle, we are starting to hear noises that Google will back a new orphan works bill in this Congress. There is a Joseph Gratz who is counsel to Google in the Google Books case. These appear to be the same person. Google announced a deal with certain libraries on December 14, 2004 and were sued by the Authors Guild on September 20, 2005.

Tenenbaum's own fair use expert: downloading songs is 'illegal,' 'breaking the law,' 'cheating'

Copyrights & Campaigns

See this 2004 Boston Globe op-ed piece in which Palfrey argues that purveyors of p2p software including Grokster should not be held liable for their users' infringements (a position subsequently rejected by the Supreme Court ).

BBC News - Nelson Mandela letters reveal South Africa jail agony

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Many of the letters were copied by Mr Mandela into exercise books which were confiscated by the authorities. They were finally handed back to him by a former security policeman in 2004. They are being published in a book, Conversations with Myself, which incorporates an archive of diaries and private recordings as well as letters.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Public Domain

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Klinger, the editor of the 3,000-page "Annotated Sherlock Holmes" and other Sherlock Holmes-related books. It stems from his book "In the Company of Sherlock Holmes," a collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories by various authors, edited by Klinger and his co-editor Laurie King to be published by Pegasus Books. In a 2004 decision, a U.S v USA Cable, 2004 U.S.

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Another Look at Google and Elections

Music Technology Policy

And then there’s Google Books. I bet you thought Google Books was the “digital Library of Alexandria.” Who took on the Standard Oil men and whipped their ass. Just like he promised he’d do? Ain’t no Standard Oil men gonna run this state.

Nevada Supreme Court Overturns State "Son of Sam" Law

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Lerner wrote a book in prison, "You Got Nothing Coming, Notes From a Prison Fish," which describes both his life experiences in prison as well as Slavin's murder. Pursuant to the Nevada "Son of Sam" law, Donna Seres, the victim's sister, sued Lerner for all the profits from his book. 91, 2004 Nev.LEXIS 12733 (Nev. 2004).

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Nevada Supreme Court Overturns State "Son of Sam" Law

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Lerner wrote a book in prison, "You Got Nothing Coming, Notes From a Prison Fish," which describes both his life experiences in prison as well as Slavin's murder. Pursuant to the Nevada "Son of Sam" law, Donna Seres, the victim's sister, sued Lerner for all the profits from his book. 91, 2004 Nev.LEXIS 12733 (Nev. 2004).

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“Wife Swap” Producer May Proceed with Copyright Infringement Claim Against “Trading Spouses”

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

RDF Media produced a reality television show called “Wife Swap” that was aired on ABC in May 2004. Shortly after its airing, Fox Broadcasting ran a similar show called “Trading Spouses.” RDF brought suit based on two claims: copyright and trade dress infringement. Fox filed a motion to dismiss all of RDF’s claims. In response to Fox’s motion, the Federal District Court Judge dismissed RDF’s trade dress claim because a television show itself could not be a trademark.

“Wife Swap” Producer May Proceed with Copyright Infringement Claim Against “Trading Spouses”

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

RDF Media produced a reality television show called “Wife Swap” that was aired on ABC in May 2004. Shortly after its airing, Fox Broadcasting ran a similar show called “Trading Spouses.” RDF brought suit based on two claims: copyright and trade dress infringement. Fox filed a motion to dismiss all of RDF’s claims. In response to Fox’s motion, the Federal District Court Judge dismissed RDF’s trade dress claim because a television show itself could not be a trademark.