Legal Fight Brewing Over CBS' New Sherlock Holmes Adaptation (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The network's planned series depicting a modern-day Sherlock could be taken to court by BBC, which also has a modern Sherlock, or the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business BBC CBS Sherlock Holmes

Author Sues Universal Over Musical Theater Adaptation of 'October Sky'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Homer Hickam Jr. says Universal only had rights to turn his book 'Rocket Boys' into one movie, and now the company is changing the meaning of their contract and hijacking his life story. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

John Steinbeck's Son Breached Contract in Talks Over Spielberg 'Grapes of Wrath' Adaptation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a summary judgment ruling last month, a judge also found that Thom and Gail Steinbeck had slandered the title to several more of the famous author's works. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

John Steinbeck Heirs Now Feuding Over Steven Spielberg 'Grapes of Wrath' Adaptation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Is a decades-old war over rights to legendary literary properties coming to a big ruling? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Asked & Answered: Original vs. Adapted works

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: “When is a work ‘Original’, and when is it an ‘adaptation’?&#. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Appeals Court Rules 'Point Break' Parody Is Entitled to Copyright Protection

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The case concerns a producer fighting with a playwright over a theatrical adaptation to the 1991 film starring Keanu Reeves. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online

Adapting Copyright Law For Mashups

Media Law Prof Blog

Menell, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, is publishing Adapting Copyright for the Mashup Generation in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Peter S.

'Kong, the Origin' Film at Center of Fraud Suit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The film at issue is a sci-fi adaptation of Chinese literary classic 'Journey to the West,' which tells the story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

'London Fields' Director Asserts Producers Lied About Creative Control, Funding

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The difficulties on adapting the 25-year-old celebrated novel continue. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Lifetime, Sony Sued By Producer of 1989 'Steel Magnolias' Movie

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Victoria White is seeking a producing credit and compensation for the adaptation. read more

Sony Pictures Wins 'Premium Rush' Theft Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge's ruling could make it quite hard for book authors to sue over what they perceive to be unlicensed film adaptations. read more. The Business Sony Movies Premium Rush THR, Esq. Business

'Fifty Shades' Porn Parody Countersuit Claims Books Are In Public Domain (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Defending against an attempt by Universal Studios to stop release of 'Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation,' Smash Pictures says the famous erotic books were originally published on fan fiction websites.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – What are Separated Rights?

Gordon P. Firemark

” Well, unless your adaptation adheres strictly to the script as written by the screenwriter, it probably incorporates elements from the film, which aren’t in the script. In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a question about separated rights.

Lawsuit Threatens Lee Daniels' 'Valley of the Dolls' TV Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Fox distributed the 1967 cult classic, but allegedly gave up rights to a TV series adaptation in 1994. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business Lee Daniels

'Interpreter of Maladies' Film Investor Hunts for Millions Gone Missing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Money originally intended for a movie adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize–winning book may or may not be off the east coast of Africa. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

The unreasonable expansion of the Right of First Refusal Clause in entertainment contracts.

Gordon P. Firemark

So, for example, when selling rights for a screen adaptation of a novel, the author of the book might wish to reserve rights for audiobooks, an author-written sequel, or a stage adaptation. The unreasonable expansion of the Right of First Refusal Clause in entertainment contracts.

Lawsuit Claims Director Wayne Wang Walked Away From 'Chinese-English Dictionary' Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

edit@hollywoodreporter.com (Eriq Gardner) The 'Joy Luck Club' director is sued for allegedly backing out of film adaptation of prize-winning Chinese novel read more.

Register of Copyrights Maria Pallente Calls for Comprehensive Copyright Reform to Adapt to the Digital World - What Is Being Proposed?

Broadcast Law Blog

Exceptions and limitations of the rights of copyright holders need to be adapted for the digital world. The Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallente, has made a series of speeches about the need to modernize Copyright , including offering testimony before Congress on the matter. Her comments are but one sign that modernizing the Copyright Act has become the new catch-phrase in Washington.

Asked & Answered – Do I need permission to use a translation of a public domain play?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, I answer a question about adapting public domain works that have been translated from foreign languages. I also highlight a recent case that answers the case definitively. Society of Holy Transfiguration v. Gregory, 689 F. 3d 29 – Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit 201.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Do I Need a Release from My Podcast Guest

Gordon P. Firemark

Or maybe you’re going to adapt the interviews into a book you’re going to sell or use to promote your products or services. In this Asked & Answered video, I answer questions if do you need a release from your podcast guest.

How to effectively outsource Business and Legal Affairs work in the Film, Television, Theatre and Media Industries

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’re a film producing business, your staff is probably pretty good at dealing with film-related issues… but what happens when you decide to adapt something that originated in another medium? Introduction.

Jury makes a point (break), awards $250,000 to playwright

Gordon P. Firemark

In 2003, playwright Jamie Keeling came up with the idea to adapt the film for the stage but to “cast” the Johnny Utah character from the audience each night, having the selected patron recite lines from cue cards.

'Spring Breakers' Producers Sued Over Alleged Attempt to Hide Assets (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Periscope Entertainment says it is owed $300,000 for the coming film adaptation of Martin Amis'' "London Fields" and is seeking remedies including a lien on the "Spring Breakers" sequel.

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast: Ken Davenport

Gordon P. Firemark

Current projects include his adaptation of the novel and film Somewhere in Time, premiering at Portland Center Stage this spring; Garage Band premiereing at George Street Playhouse in the fall as well as bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway.

CINEMA LAW: HOW DO I TELL ONE MAN’S STORY?

KWIKA Entertainment Law Blog

Tags: Copyright Life Story Rights Release to Portray Right to Adapt an Article into a Screenplay Right to Option a Literary or Intellectual Property Work for Hire

An iPad App for Courtroom Presentations

Media Law

To use it with a VGA projector, you would also need an iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter , which the Apple Store sells for $29, and a VGA cable to connect between the adapter and the projector.

FAQ 12

Chain of Title: What it is, why it matters.

Gordon P. Firemark

Option for right to adapt an underlying novel or other underlying work (Play, song, screenplay, life-story rights, etc.). Agreements with the writer, composer, lyricist, and other contributors hired to adapt the material. What is Chain of Title?

My Favorite Tchotchkes from ACC Conference

Media Law

It is a universal USB adapter to power pretty much whatever smartphone you happen to have. The Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting in Denver last week was notable on a number of counts, not least of which was a vibrant exhibition hall teeming with exhibitors and attendees.

Warner Bros. Sued Over 'Gilligan's Island' Movie

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Georgia man claims to have authored an adaptation of the 1960s TV show read more. Movies THR Online Gilligan''s Island Warner Bros. THR, Esq

Copyright Law and Fan-Made Derivative Works

Media Law Prof Blog

Patrick McKay, Regent University School of Law, has published Culture of the Future: Adapting Copyright Law to Accommodate Fan-Made Derivative Works in the Twenty-First Century. Here is the abstract. Fan-made derivative works based on works of popular culture have a

The merging of Book, Lyrics and Music in theatrical collaborations: A complex and frequently mishandled issue.

Gordon P. Firemark

It should be noted that some underlying rights agreements also refer to “merger&# , of components of the underlying material with the adapted pay based thereon. After this kind of merger, the underlying material becomes a permanent part of the adaptation.

Front Money – what it is, how it works

Gordon P. Firemark

Front money is frequently used to obtain initial options on literary material, pay writers and other creatives to adapt the material into a film or stage script; and to pay lawyers and other professionals for their services in setting up the producing company, documenting the chain of title, drawing up the offering materials for the full financing package, and filing the necessary governmental paperwork to comply with regulations. Front Money – what it is, how it works.

Users of Social Media Sites and Their Liability for Copyright Infringement

Media Law Prof Blog

Using an adapted taxonomy, this article identifies the technological features on predominant Corinne Hui Yun Tan, Melbourne Law School, has published Technological ''Nudges'' and Copyright on Social Media Sites at 1 Intellectual Property Quarterly 1 (2015). Here is the abstract.

Washington Goes Nuts - WSJ

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

To adapt Benjamin Franklin’s comment about the Constitution, you have a banana republic, if you can keep it. "The political brawl over Russia, the Trump campaign and U.S. intelligence has reached the point where basic questions about U.S. institutions and trust in government are at stake. Democrats are trying to capitalize on anonymous leaks based on U.S. intelligence collection to destroy the Trump Presidency, and the President is responding with a fusillade of unproven accusations.

Comparing Books and Films

Media Law Prof Blog

Douglas Campbell Rennie, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, has published This Book Is a Movie: The ''Faithful Adaptation'' as a Benchmark for Analyzing the Substantial Similarity of Works in Different Media, in volume 93 of the

A Great Speaker Dock for iPad and iPhone

Media Law

It works with iPhones and iPads, but has the original 30-pin connector, so iPhone 5 users will need a lightning adapter. I do not usually review consumer hardware here, but I am making an exception for the Sony RDPX200iP speaker dock for iPads and iPhones.

Clarification on Demand Media: Two Contracts

Media Law

After my earlier post about Demand Media , I received a comment from a Demand Media community manager who said that the contract I cited is not the contract that applies to bloggers. I went back and checked the contract that was presented to me when I was invited to migrate my BlogBurst account to Demand. I see now that there are, in fact, two contracts, both presented on the same page.

Dramatists Use Shakespeare in Effort to Protect 'Three's Company' Parody

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The owner of the John Ritter sitcom tells a judge that "3C" is a "poor adaptation" of "one of the first television shows to say that there was nothing wrong with being gay" read more.

Who Moved My Cheese?

The Digital Lowdown

It's all about the necessity of adapting to changes in revenue sources. I've been talking with a lot of professional musicians and artists lately. A common theme is the increased difficulties in making a living thru one's music. We live in a time of economic stress, disruptive technology and changing valuations of music. It combines to make today one of the most challenging times during for artists of all levels.

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

The industry needs time to adapt its model to the new demands of its audience. Fred Wilson wrote a piece on his blog today complaining about the film business ’ distribution model.