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.

Richard Gere Says He's Being Extorted Over Book Adaptation Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The dispute centers on rights to adapt 'Bones of the Master: A Buddhist Monk's Search for the Lost Heart of China.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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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. Here is the abstract. Growing out of the rap and hip hop genres as well

Richard Gere Countersued in Book Adaptation Contract Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Scott and Anna Elias say Gere is trying to "steal" a project they brought to him in 2009. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Richard Gere

Legal Fight Over Aaron Sorkin's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Adaptation Reaches "Emergency"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

As producer Scott Rudin tells a New York court that his Aaron Sorkin-penned play is in danger of falling apart, the Harper Lee Estate demands an Alabama court issue an injunction. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Harper Lee Estate Sues Over Aaron Sorkin Adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

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The lawsuit alleges that the theatrical production from Scott Rudin alters characters, setting and the legal proceeding at the heart of the book. read more. THR, Esq. Business Culture USA Business THR Online Aaron Sorkin Jeff Daniels Scott Rudin Books Broadway Theater

Scott Rudin Settles With Harper Lee Estate Over 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Adaptation

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The parties stipulated to a dismissal of an ongoing lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Litera Announces Virtual Legal Conference April 23 on Adapting to the Changing Market

Media Law

a one-day virtual conference on April 23 that will focus on the changes in the legal market and how lawyers, law firms, and legal service providers can successfully adapt to embrace that change. Among the speakers from outside legal are: Molly Bloom, entrepreneur and author of the memoir, Molly’s Game , which was adapted into an award-winning film by Aaron Sorkin.

Clint Eastwood, Warner Bros. Face Copyright Lawsuit Over 'Jersey Boys' Adaptation

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An author's widow files a new complaint in a dispute stretching back a decade. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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

Screenwriter Sued for Making Henry James Adaptation Too Personal

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Ronee Sue Blakley, a musician and actress once nominated for an Academy Award, says she was defamed in "What Maisie Knew" by the father of her child. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Hollywood Superlawyer Skip Brittenham Pens Graphic Novel; Joe Roth to Produce Film Adaptation

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Borys Kit The powerful attorney's "Anomaly," with illustrations by comic artist Brian Haberlin, publishes in October. read more. Heat Vision THR, Esq. Movies Movies Skip Brittenham

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.

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

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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

'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

Lin-Manuel Miranda Objects to 'In the Heights' Being Part of Weinstein Co. Sale

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An option agreement for a film adaptation is listed as one of the contracts to be assumed by the winning bidder of a bankruptcy auction. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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

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

A Billion Dollars

Gordon P. Firemark

Operative Date for Public Domain is Moving Forward “Grapes of Wrath” Movie Adaptation Dispute Headed to Supreme Court Disney Calls Unauthorized Merch Sales by Fans Copyright Infringement. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post A Billion Dollars originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment.

Rothman on The Right of Publicity's Intellectual Property Turn @profrothman

Media Law Prof Blog

The Article is adapted from a Jennifer E. Rothman, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), is publishing The Right of Publicity's Intellectual Property Turn in in volume 42 of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. Here is the abstract.

Universal Sues Over 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Porn Adaptation

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After snapping up film rights for $5 million, Universal is upset over a porn movie it says is a "rip-off, plain and simple." read more. Movies THR, Esq. Universal Pictures Fifty Shades of Grey Business

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

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

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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

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

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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

Scott Rudin Offers Courthouse Preview of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Play to End Dispute With Harper Lee Estate

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The producer wants to bring in the full cast to show a New York federal judge that his Aaron Sorkin-penned stage adaptation stays true to Lee's novel. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online Aaron Sorkin Scott Rudin Broadway Theater

Join Me Monday for Free Webinar, ‘Lawyering from Home,’ Presented by the Legal Innovation Zone

Media Law

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University in Toronto is presenting Lawyering From Home , a series of online discussions focused on supporting legal professionals as they adapt to working remotely.

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.

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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. So, separated rights, then, is really a way to provide the writer with some leverage, and a “second bite at the apple” if a script turns into a movie so successful that it is later adapted for the stage, or published, and so on.

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. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

My Column this Week on ATL: 10 Blunders To Avoid On Zoom

Media Law

As we all adapt to this new world of online meetings, there are sure to be any number of goofs, gaffes and blunders we’ll wish we could erase. We have all heard by now the tragic tale of #PoorJennifer, the woman who, while on a Zoom conference, apparently forgot her camera was on as she carried her laptop to the bathroom to answer nature’s call, in full gallery view.

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

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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. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Wayne Wang

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. After practicing entertainment law for nearly 25 years, I’ve noticed a disconcerting trend in deals with major studios and networks.

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.

Legaltech Week 4.17.20: New Ethics Guidance on WFH and More from the Week’s News

Media Law

Litera Announces Virtual Legal Conference April 23 on Adapting to the Changing Market. This week’s top story is the release of the first ethics opinion to outline and address the issues raised by working from home due to the coronavirus crisis.

Learning & Development Strategies Are Turning Social

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Their depth and flexibility facilitate a more adaptable, extendable and effective learning solution, one that satisfies both the needs of Learning & Development and the demands of learners. As employees adapt to increasingly tech-infused roles, the need for fast, efficient and continuously evolving learning systems becomes more pressing.

Actress sues over inclusion in Green Day musical promo

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Producers of "American Idiot," the anti-establishment Broadway adaptation of a Green Day album, have been sued by a former cast member who isn't happy about the way she's been exploited. Morgan Weed, who served as an.

Uma settles 'Eloise' film flap

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In 2008, British-based Handmade Films signed the actress to a deal to star in an adaptation of the children's classic. By Eriq Gardner Uma Thurman got her payday for "Eloise in Paris" after all. Thurman was scheduled to get $4.5.