Why theatre authors are more powerful than screenwriters.

Gordon P. Firemark

Authors in theatre enjoy privileges and approval rights not held by their screenwriting brethren. Authors' rights in Theatre are far more expansive than in film, television, etc. but works of modern authors generally do enjoy copyright protection.

Hughes On Actors As Authors in American Copyright Law @LoyolaLawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Justin Hughes, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, is publishing Actors as Authors in American Copyright Law in volume 51 of the Connecticut Law Review (2018).

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SAG Strike Authorization Ballots

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild just announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed Friday, January 2 and will be due back and tabulated three weeks later, Friday, January 23. The AMPTP issued a statement denouncing the move, and urging that actors study the studio offer on the table carefully. I’ve posted a summary of the offer and an analysis of the disagreement between the two sides.

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Delaware Authorizes Stocks on Blockchain

New Media and Technology Law

SB 69 amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) to explicitly authorize the use of distributed ledger technology in the administration of Delaware corporate records, including stock ledgers. Thus §224 explicitly authorizes the use of blockchains in the course of general corporate recordkeeping. DGCL §219 extends that authorization specifically to stock ledgers. On July 21st, Delaware Governor John Carney Jr. signed SB 69 into law.

'Friday the 13th' Author Disputes Producer's Ownership Theories

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Victor Miller is attempting to terminate a copyright grant on the 1980 horror film. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Regulatory Authorities and Media Independence

Media Law Prof Blog

Kristina Irion, University of Amsterdam; Central European University, and Roxana Radu, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEI) have published Delegation to Independent Regulatory Authorities in the Media Sector: A Paradigm Shift Through the Lens of Regulatory Theory, in

Asked and Answered: Is my friend a co-author/collaborator?

Gordon P. Firemark

I have no problem with giving him credit, but from a legal perspective: Is there a minimum amount of work required of someone to become a co-author of a screenplay? A: An “ Author ” is someone who contributes original material and participates in the process of creating a work.

Human Authors, Computer Authors, and Copyright Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Jani McCutcheon, University of Western Australia Faculty of Law, has published The Vanishing Author in Computer-Generated Works: A Critical Analysis of Recent Australian Case Law in volume 36 of the Melbourne University Law Review (2013). Here is the abstract.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

In other words, if a family member suggests changes that results in a substantial re-write, is that sufficient to warrant inclusion as co-author or collaborator?

Roc Nation, Tidal Challenge the Authority of the Administrator of Prince's Estate

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Jay Z-affiliated companies file court papers in response to a copyright lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

A2J Author Launches All New Platform Today

Media Law

Whenever there is a conversation about using technology to enhance access to justice for the poor, there is sure to be talk of A2J Author. The post A2J Author Launches All New Platform Today appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

'Buck Rogers' Pitch to Syfy Network Brings Legal Trouble for Author's Heirs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge is allowing a lawsuit from the heirs of the man who originally published Philip Francis Nowlan's work. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

SAG: Opposition Grows to Strike Authorization

Digital Media Law

A Hollywood-based SAG member, Keri Tombazian, launched a website called [link] , as a hub for materials opposing a strike authorization. Also today, members of the NY SAG Board began what Back Stage’s blog describes as a “regional uprising,” releasing a letter opposing a strike authorization. UPDATE: SAG announced a "solidarity campaign" in which members can electronically sign a statement of support for a strike authorization.

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Asked & Answered: Co-authors, who owns what?

Gordon P. Firemark

A: When co-authors join together to create a single work , it’s called a work of “joint authorship&#. Ordinarily, Joint Authors are equal owners of the work, and share equally in the proceeds from exploitation of the work. So, absent some other agreement, the co-authors are each entitled to half of the rights fees paid in relation to the book.

Kaminski on Authorship: Disrupted: AI Authors in Copyright and First Amendment Law @MargotKaminski

Media Law Prof Blog

Kaminski, University of Colorado Law School; Yale University Information Society Project; Yale University Law School; University of Colorado, Boulder, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, is publishing Authorship, Disrupted: AI Authors in Copyright and First Amendment

Warner Bros. Haunts Author With Counterclaims in 'The Conjuring' Legal Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

New Line would have paid Gerard Brittle $150,000 to option his book if he hadn't conspired against the studio, the suit claims. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Asked & Answered: Do I need a contract with the author of an article or book about true events.

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Leilani asks whether she needs a contract with the authors of a news article and a book about true people and events that occurred over half a century ago before she can market a screenplay about those people and events.

Nineteenth Century US Copyright Law and British Authors

Media Law Prof Blog

The Payment of British Authors in 19th Century America’s Copyright Wilderness. The payment to British authors Stan J. Liebowitz, University of Texas, Dallas, School of Management, Department of Finance & Managerial Economics, has published Paradise Lost?

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Author Sued Over "Appropriated" Novel

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Hatchette Book Group claims Seth Grahame-Smith's submitted novel is nothing more than an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain story. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

Authoring Opinions

Media Law Prof Blog

Ryan Benjamin Witte, Columbia University Law School and Florida State University College of Law, has published "The Judge as an Author/The Author as a Judge." Here is the abstract. For Federal judges, a life-tenure also comes with a life-long publishing

Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

Music Technology Policy

Daralyn Durie stood before Judge Dennis Chin for what seems to me to be a rather shabby proposition: The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers should be disqualified from representing authors and photographers as a class in the Google Books litigation and that each author and photographer whose work Google infringed should be forced to sue Google individually. The Authors Guild sued in 2005.

Heald on Copyright Reversion to Authors: An Empirical Study of Reappearing Books

Media Law Prof Blog

Paul Heald, University of Illinois College of Law, has published Copyright Reversion to Authors (and the Rosetta Effect): An Empirical Study of Reappearing Books.

Mueller met with author of Trump Dossier | MSNBC

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Mueller met with author of Trump Dossier | MSNBC

Asked & Answered: What obligations when author is dead and publisher can’t be found?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: If there is a book or books where the author/s are no longer alive or exists and the publisher no longer holds a copyright/patent and/or is defunct — what are my legal or ethical obligations regarding any living relatives (if any) to the original author/s…?

Author Sued for "Children's Versions" of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' '2001: A Space Odyssey'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Big publishers and the estates of Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway and Arthur C. Clarke have teamed up for a copyright lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

No Liability for Self-Publishing Platforms over Author’s Use of Unauthorized Cover Photo

New Media and Technology Law

As more full outlined in our prior post on the lower court’s opinion , the dispute began with the unauthorized publication of the plaintiffs’ engagement photograph on the cover of an erotic book authored by Greg McKenna (under a pseudonym). The plaintiffs subsequently brought suit against the author McKenna and the self-publishing vendors used by the author (i.e.,

Enlightenment Authors and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Maria Chiara Pievatolo, University of Pisa, Department of Political Science, has published Back to the Future: Authors, Publishers and Ideas in a Copy-Friendly Environment. Here is the abstract. How could scholars survive in a copy-friendly environment jeopardizing the established system

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

Swiss Authorities Arrest Dr. Who

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy In a case where life imitates art, Eloi Cole – dressed as the Eleventh Doctor – claims to have traveled through time to stop the Large Hadron Collider from discovering the Higgs Boson. Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would [.].

Where Does the Author Stand In the Future Of Copyright?

Media Law Prof Blog

Ginsburg, Columbia Law School, has published The Author''s Place in the Future of Copyright in Copyright in an Age of Exceptions and Limitations (Ruth Okediji, ed., Jane C.

U.S. Authorities Shut Down Megaupload for Piracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Justice department drops the hammer on Megaupload, arresting its leaders, seizing hundreds of millions of dollars in property, and blasting the popular file-sharing website in a 72-page indictment. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Tech Business Piracy SOPA

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

Gordon P. Firemark

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.

Google’s Settlement Agreement with Authors and Publishers: Whose Interests are Being Protected?

JetLawBlog

The current controversy involves the legality of Google’s proposed settlement agreement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers concerning the digitization of millions of books.

Author Sues WME Over Chobani Super Bowl Commercial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Dov Seidman says WME encouraged an ad agency it has a stake in to use his mantra without asking his permission. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Fastcase’s ‘Authority Check’ Now Flags Bad Law

Media Law

Legal research service Fastcase has long had a citator function, called Authority Check, that lets you see how a case has been cited. As of last night, Fastcase rolled out Bad Law Bot, an enhancement to its Authority Check function that identifies cases that have been reversed or overturned.

The AI Author and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Annemarie Bridy, University of Idaho College of Law, has published Coding Creativity: Copyright and the Artificially Intelligent Author. Here is the abstract. For more than a quarter century, interest among copyright scholars in the question of AI authorship has waxed

Copyright and the Child Author

Media Law Prof Blog

Cromer Young, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has published From the Mouths of Babes: Protecting Child Authors from Themselves at 112 West Virginia Law Review 431 (2010). Julie D. Here is the abstract. Akiane Kramarik painted some of her earliest

Judge Dismisses Authors Guild Suit Against Google

Media Law Prof Blog

District Court Judge Denny Chin has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against Google, ruling that the search engine company''s practice of displaying parts of books as part of its Google Books Project does not violate the plaintiffs'' copyright

Cablevision Challenges the Authority of National Labor Relations Board

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The cable operator says that the NLRB has no right to authorize labor complaints because President Obama''s appointments were unconstitutional. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Business

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Film Directors Are Authors, Right? Not Necessarily, Says Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Producers vs. directors: another chapter in the sometimes stormy relationship. This one is primed to be heard by an appeals court. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business