2015

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Model Release

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer questions about Model Release. In this installment of Asked and Answered, I’ll explain the rules for taking and using photographs or footage of people in your blog, videos, and other media.

What It Takes

DealFatigue

Aspiring producers/writers/creatives: dogged persistence, while Capraesque, is not in itself enough (woefully misplaced?) to execute. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 7, 2015. 2 indie or not, to produce for the mass market, requires an understanding that the business of the art views the project as a commodity. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 7, 2015. Do you have the rights? Do you have a director that actors want to work with?

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Trending Sources

THR Turns 5: The 'South Park' Episode That Shaped the Law

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Why a 2011 appellate decision concerning a parody of digital culture is routinely being cited in courtrooms across America. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

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Guest Post: @JanitaArtist’s #IRespectMusic Interview for Forbes That Forbes Refused to Publish

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: Hot on the heels of the Steven Johnson debacle in the New York Times, we find out that our friend Janita was approached by Forbes to do an interview about the #irespectmusic campaign–an offer that was quickly withdrawn once Forbes found out what she had to say.

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What The Bloody West Point Pillow Fight Teaches You About Morale Boosting

The Legal Satyricon

A morale-boosting event is always tempting. Think carefully before you decide what it should be

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A Case Study Of Documentary Filmmakers and Their Attitudes Toward Copyright Practices

Media Law Prof Blog

Patricia Aufderheide, American University School of Communication and Aram Sinnreich, American University, have published Documentarians, Fair Use and Free Expression: Changes in Copyright Attitudes and Actions with Access to Best Practices. Here is the abstract. This study, based on a

Should you have a loan-out company for your work in entertainment?

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m frequently called upon by clients to form a so-called “Loan-Out company” for them. Just as frequently, they don’t really understand the purpose of Loan-Out, how it will operate, or even whether it’s actually a good idea, given their circumstances.

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Producer vs. Director. 2nd Circuit: “No director copyright”

Gordon P. Firemark

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

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer questions if do you need a release from your podcast guest. One of the most common questions I get from new media producers, especially podcasters, is “do I really need to get a release from every person I interview on my show?”

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Licensing Music For Kids Performance School

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Grand Rights and Sound Recordings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9ZVN8HT4uo. v=N9ZVN8HT4uo.

Asked and Answered:Appearance Releases. Why you might not need one, and why you should get it anyway.

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a question about whether we need appearance releases when shooting documentaries or more commercially oriented stuff. Jamie is a documentary filmmaker who called to ask me about the need for appearance releases.

Reflecting Oscar

DealFatigue

Unlike anywhere else in the world, Oscar weekend has the greatest impact in Los Angeles. Aside from traffic closures and the heartbreak and envy of Oscar parties to the uninvited, Oscar weekend provides the creative community with a weekend of self-reflection, profound anxiety and (dashed?) hopes for the future. The dream of so many here is that they too will be thanking the Academy for their own Oscar someday.

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Marilyn Monroe Estate's Licensing Activities Alleged To Be a Monopolistic Sham

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Movie nostalgia company looks to cancel trademarks and punish deceptive business practices. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Artist Rights are Human Rights

Music Technology Policy

Artists' rights are human rights. Please sign this petition at: [link] #IRespectMusic pic.twitter.com/FslUc4Jo53. — Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) February 19, 2014. The human rights of artists is a different concept from intellectual property rights, such as copyright.

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Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Filming the Audience?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer questions about Filming the audience. I purchased your Legal Survival Guide a while back, and found it to be an invaluable guide to copyright issues in my business. It has become my bible in what to do and what not to do.

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Can You Use Real Places Names in a Story that is Fictional but Inspired in a News Article?

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Can you use real place names and businesses in a story that’s fiction, but inspired by a news article or report?

When do I need a release from a person in the background of my shot?

Gordon P. Firemark

Do I need a release or contract with every person who appears in the background of my shot? Suppose you’re shooting a scene that takes place in a public place and you’re going to have people crossing in and out of frame in the background of your shot.

7 big benefits of registering your copyrights early.

Gordon P. Firemark

Copyright Registration should happen within 3 months after a work is first published. Content creators are often so focused on the creative and technical aspects of making their work, that they overlook a key measure which, if taken, can afford tremendous benefits.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – How to Protect Your Brand with Trademark Registration?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer questions about trademark registration. You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and maybe money to build a brand for your business. You’ve landed on a name or logo that captures the true essence of your products and services.

Nevada Anti-SLAPP Law under attack

The Legal Satyricon

Anti-SLAPP statutes are there so that free expression doesn’t come along with a side helping of bankruptcy, if your speech offends the wrong person. They don’t protect you from liability for real defamation, but they do protect you from being dragged through three years of litigation over a claim that never should have been brought […].

Is Equity Crowdfunding a game changer?

Gordon P. Firemark

Equity Crowdfunding is finally a reality. Almost. In a long-awaited move, on October 30, 2015 the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) finally adopted a set of rules mandated by the 2012 JOBS act.

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast 64

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link]. Here’s what we talked about… Deadmou5 and Disney settle.

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The Win-Win Deal-Making Fallacy

DealFatigue

@DanWilliams @lrozen win-win should always be the goal in any negotiation, but I get nervous when one side says that. It's a zero-sum tell. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 11, 2015. Negotiations The Culture game theory twitter win-win zero-sum game

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Kesha Pushes for Injunction So She Can Record Album Without Dr. Luke

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The pop star says she's even willing to work with Sony, who she's also suing for supporting Dr. Luke. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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#irespectmusic The New Improved Performance Rights Act: Because You Believed

Music Technology Policy

Congressman Jerry Nadler and Marsha Blackburn, John Conyers and Ted Deutch will introduce legislation on Monday that responds to all of you who supported artist pay for radio play.

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More about filming the audience.

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer some follow up questions from last week’s topic.

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Have you filed your DMCA Agent designation?

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: Are your websites and online businesses properly protected against lawsuits by the DMCA Safe Harbor? Hi everyone… Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark here, with a quick tip for anyone who has a presence online. You’ve probably heard about the DMCA before.

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Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – What are Separated Rights?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a question about separated rights. Hi, I’m attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level.

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Follow Up Question

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer some follow up questions from last week’s topic.

Asked and Answered: Copyright Renewals

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a question about whether you need to renew copyright. A reader wrote in with a question about copyrights needing to be renewed.

What are the Lyrics to Louie Louie? The FBI figured it out, finally….

The Legal Satyricon

Would you believe that the FBI conducted a two year investigation into whether someone should go to jail for “Louie Louie.”? ”? Yeah, the song. A threat to national security and order! The FBI documents are here. Can you imagine what kind of blueballed hall monitor dipshit fuckhead decided that there should be an FBI investigation […].

The importance of “Court approval” of a minor’s contracts.

Gordon P. Firemark

So, you’re producing a project that features some kids in some key roles. You spend a small fortune developing the project. You hold auditions, and eventually find the perfect kids to star in the piece.

Recorded before a studio audience: ELU66

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link].

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Grand Rights and Sound Recordings?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a question about licensing sound recordings for use in a live-stage production.

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Warner Bros. Can Sue Tolkien Estate For Breaching 'Hobbit' Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Appeals court makes a ruling, which will unpause a case that has been in limbo for more than two years. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

#irespectmusic And I Vote: The Good News is the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong

Music Technology Policy

The MIC Coalition members listed above are the new alliance of big business against artists and songwriters. The McCoalition (as I call them) is designed to intimidate creators.

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5 people every producer needs to have on the team.

Gordon P. Firemark

Producing films is exciting, rewarding, and sometimes very frustrating work. Saavy film producers know that the job isn’t a solitary one. They can’t do everything themselves, even in the earliest days of a project.