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.

Ginsburg and Budiardjo on Authors and Machines @ColumbiaLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Ginsburg and Luke Ali Budiardjo, both of Columbia Law School, have published Authors and Machines as Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. Jane C. 14-597. Here is the abstract. Machines, by providing the means of mass production of works of

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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.

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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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.

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).

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.

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?

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 & 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.

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots Delayed

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild has delayed sending out the strike authorization ballots until January 14 at the earliest, representing an approximately two-week delay from the originally scheduled mailing date of January 2. The letter also stated that the delay would give SAG extra time to conduct more member education and outreach aimed at increasing support for the strike authorization.

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Authors, Publishers, and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Gordon, Boston University School of Law, has published The Core of Copyright: Authors, Not Publishers, at 52 Houston Law Review 613 (2014). Wendy J. Here is the abstract. Copyright largely consists of alienable rights and correlative duties — rights of

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.

Austin on Authors' Human Rights and Copyright Policy @victoriauninews

Media Law Prof Blog

Austin, Victoria University of Wellington, is publishing Authors' Human Rights and Copyright Policy in volume 40 of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (2017). Graeme W.

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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…?

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.

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.

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

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

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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?

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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'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

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.

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.

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

'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

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.

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

Mueller met with author of Trump Dossier | MSNBC

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Mueller met with author of Trump Dossier | MSNBC

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.

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

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

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 [.].

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

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.

'John Carter' Author's Estate Sues Over 'Pornographic' Comic Book Knockoffs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Two weeks weeks before Disney's 'John Carter' hits theaters, the estate of the original author looks to protect his work. But the case opens up questions about the public domain and the boundaries between copyright and trademark law. read more. THR, Esq.

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

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Author @RobertBLevine_ at Canadian Music Week

Music Technology Policy

An excellent presentation by Robert Levine (author of the important book, Free Ride ) on the failure of the promise of the Internet and what is to be done. See also: The Wrong Flow: Rightsflow wants you to fix their data. Uncategorized robert levine

Authors Guild, Other Authors' Groups Sue Over Plan To Make "Orphan Works" Available Via Google

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Authors Guild website: The Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ), and eight individual authors have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court against HathiTrust, the University of

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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

French Data Protection Authority Orders Google To Comply With Delisting Orders On All Domains

Media Law Prof Blog

France's data protection authority (CNIL) has told Google to comply with delisting requirements on all of its domain names in order to comply with the European Court of Justice ruling issued in 2014 (the Gonzalez v.