2016

How To Get Permission to Use a Song in a Film or Video – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Music Rights – How do you get permission to use a song in your video or film? Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, so you can take your entertainment industry career and business, or just your hobby, to the next level. So, in a previous Asked and Answered session, I talked about fans making cover videos and posting them on Youtube and Facebook.

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Marvin Gaye Family Defends 'Blurred Lines' Trial Outcome to Appeals Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a brief filed Thursday, the family's attorney Richard Busch also argues the trial judge made one crucial error that may rob pre-1978 songwriters. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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Google and Amazon Leverage Copyright Loophole to Use Songs Without Paying Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

Two vastly wealthy multinational media companies are exploiting a copyright law loophole to sell the world’s music without paying royalties to the world’s songwriters on millions– millions –of songs. Because Google and Amazon–purveyors of Big Data–claim they “can’t” find contact information for song owners in a Google search.

Associate Attorney Position

The Legal Satyricon

Randazza Legal Group is looking for an associate attorney with 1-5 years of experience, but others will be considered. Should you apply? Will you do no harm to the First Amendment, nor through inaction allow harm to come to the First Amendment? Then maybe you’ll fit in. We mostly make our living doing First […].

Cambridge University Study Notes That Censorship on the Internet Is Widespread, Threatens Access to Information

Media Law Prof Blog

University of Cambridge researchers have released results of a study into censorship on the Internet that reveals that it is "rampant, with more than 60 countries engaging in some form" of it. The researchers note in part: Those censoring might

Fair Use: Presidential Debate Footage – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Paul has a question about using clips from a presidential debate from years ago on his radio show. 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. So, here’s Paul’s question: “I do a live radio call in talk show on investments.

Posting Cover Videos of Songs – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Can you cover a song and post a video of it on your YouTube or Facebook? Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, so you can take your entertainment industry career and business, or just your hobby, to the next level. This one’s going to debunk a common misconception… stick around!

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What to do about an Agent who isn’t Paying – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. What could you do if your agent is taking too long to get you your money after they’ve been paid. Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I help you take your career and business in entertainment to the next level. David wrote in: What can an actor do when their SAG franchised agent is taking more than 6 months to pay them for a particular non-union job (the agency has been paid by the production company)?

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Rights of Publicity and Privacy in True Crime Stories – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Tom has a terrific question about recounting a true-crime story from long ago… 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.

Actor Liability for Content – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Can an actor or voice artist be liable for performing scenes or quotes from existing plays, movies and TV shows? 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. So Gary wrote in with an interesting question, here’s what he says: Recently found your YouTube channel and it’s such a great resource.

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How to Get a Trademark for My Logo and Brand Name – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. How to get a trademark for my logo and brand name. I’m entertainment business attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is asked and answered, where I answer your questions so you can take your career and business to the next level. Stick around for my response. A web visitor wrote in: I have created a Logo with a generic phrase for my apparel company, with a design that indicates just what it means by utilizing a letter as part of the graphic.

New York Appeals Court Rules No Public Performance Rights in Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a big victory for SiriusXM and a major setback for owners of older sound recordings, a lower court's decision is reversed. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

A Guide to the Department of Justice Ruling on “100% Licensing”

Music Technology Policy

By Steve Winogradsky and Chris Castle , all rights reserved. The recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Justice in United States v. Broadcast Music, Inc. and United States v. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has left many songwriters, publishers, motion picture and television producers and, yes, even lawyers scratching their heads to understand the import of the ruling.

Should you use a release with your podcast guests? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Should you use a release form with your podcast guests? Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I help you take your career and business in entertainment to the next level. And if you’ve got a question you’d like answered here, just head on over to [link]. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Podcasting the Law… of Podcasting – Episode 79

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… Maria Pallante “reassigned” at Library of Congress; Resigns. Quick update) Lenz v. Universal: Is Supreme Court Review in the cards? Follow Up: Studios Beat Lawsuit over lack of closed-captioning of songs in movies….

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The end is near…

Gordon P. Firemark

That is the time you have remaining… Until the end of the year, that is. October, and the beginning of the 4th Quarter of 2016 is upon us, and before you know it, we’ll be into the Holiday season, and scrambling to get our business wrapped up for the year. Now is the time for a year-end legal “checkup” Whether you’re a big enterprise or a one-man show, it’s likely you’ve got some year-end legal and business-affairs stuff that needs to get done.

Trademark for Album Titles – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Should you register a trademark for your album title? 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. So, David wrote in with this: I just came across one of your videos and have a questions about trademarks.

When Should You Register Your Copyrights – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

https://youtu.be/hD3r4Q8bl-M. hD3r4Q8bl-M. AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. When should you register your copyrights? Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I help you take your career and business in entertainment to the next level. One of the most common questions I get from clients I the business is about when they should register their copyrights.

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Location Releases – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. George writes in with a question about location releases and permissions. I’m Gordon Firemark and this is asked and answered where entertainment law questions so you can take your career and business to the next level. So, here’s George’s question: I am a filmmaker and have permission from a tribute band to film them at a concert in a theater in Connecticut.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

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. That trend is toward expanding the scope of a Right of First Refusal and First Negotiation clause(s) in such a way as to unreasonably encumber things, even after the studio or network has “passed” on a project. What is a Right of First Refusal?

Is it ok to offer screen credit? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Blake is wondering about whether he can promise a producer credit to someone in exchange for bringing in some talent to a project. Hi, I’m entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark. This is asked and answered where I help you learn what you need to know to take your career in the business to the next level. So, Can Blake agree to give credit?

Featuring real people in a fictional work – Entertainment Law Asked and Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Fair Use – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlIXcqnVM50. v=DlIXcqnVM50. Can you mention famous people in your book, play or movie? I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer entertainment law questions like this so you can take your career in entertainment to the next level. Daniel writes in with this: “I just completed writing my manuscript.

California Appeals Court Revives Discrimination Lawsuit Against CNN

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Stanley Wilson, a fired Emmy Award-winning producer, convinces two out of three justices that his former employer's conduct did not arise from protected activity. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Guest Post by @schneidermaria:What Do Whore Houses, Meth Labs, and YouTube Have in Common?

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: We’re pleased to publish this guest post on YouTube written by Maria Schneider , a five-time GRAMMY-winning composer and bandleader, a board member of the Council of Music Creators , and an active supporter of MusicAnswers.org.]. By Maria Schneider. OK, I know: that title really hits below the belt. I apologize. After all, it’s not fair to legal whorehouses that pay their share of taxes to lump them with meth labs and YouTube.

Using short clips in educational video – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. A fellow attorney wrote in with a question about using short film clips… Hi, I am Gordon Firemark and this is asked and answered, where I take your entertainment law questions so you can take your career and business in entertainment to the next level. Stick Around for my answer. OK, here’s what this fellow lawyer asked: I am in the legal field, a Barrister in England and Wales, and I am now living in the USA.

Using Film Clips in Movie Reviews – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Brief Explanation of Fair Use. YouTube’s Strike Policy. Tim wrote in with a question about his movie reviews channel on YouTube. I’m Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your questions, so you can take your business in entertainment and media to the next level!

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Favored Nations – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Blog Reader “Bob” wrote in with the question about what sometimes referred to as a favored nations cause. I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered. My answer is just a minute away.

Consent Decrees, Sex Tapes, Klingons and Nude Scenes – ELU #72

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… 100 Percent Licensing: U.S. Copyright Office Argues New Proposal Threatens Song Owners’ Rights. Erin Andrews and Hulk Hogan win big. Are they the poster children for the new Privacy? Princess Cruises (Quick Take).

Can I Name my Characters after Famous Characters from Old Book – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Will you get in trouble if you name your characters after famous characters from an older book or film? Hi, I’m entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, so you can take your career to the next level.

Is Copyright Registration Required Before Licensing – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Does a song have to be registered with the copyright office before you can obtain a license to use it in your film or other project? Hi, I’m entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, so you can take your career to the next level. Michael wrote: With USCO processing time for e-filing generally up to 8 months (13 for paper!),

Interview Releases – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Do you need permission to write a book based on your interviews with public figures? Hi, I’m entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, so you can take your career to the next level. So, Stephen has been interviewing some celebrities, and plans to feature their remarks, stories and such in a book he’s writing.

Which Country’s Law – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Carlos wrote in with a question about which country’s law will apply to his film. I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked & Answered… where I answer entertainment law questions from industry professionals so you can take your career and business to the next level. Carlos says that he’s almost finished raising money for a low-budget Romantic Comedy that includes some parodies of some famous American films.

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When is a Parody a Parody? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. When is a parody a parody? Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your burning entertainment law questions, so you can take your career and business to the next level.

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Hollywood Studios Win Injunction Against Streamer VidAngel

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

VidAngel gives users the ability to filter language, nudity and violence from films and television shows. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

And Your Little Dog, Too: The Librarian of Congress Give Us A Lesson in Constructive Termination

Music Technology Policy

Remember when the Librarian of Congress issued a press release about how Maria Pallante was being promoted from the Register of Copyrights to something that sounded awfully functionary–and not a promotion. I don’t know how the Librarian runs things, but it’s not exactly industry standard to lock someone out of their email account when you’re promoting them.

Music Rights in Video of Play – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Scott asks a tricky question about music rights for video of a stage production… 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. OK, here’s what Scott wrote in… Q: I create and tour original visual theater.

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How (and why) to set up a special purpose production entity for your film or show

Gordon P. Firemark

In the fields of independent film and theatre, the use of Special Purpose Entities is very common. This article explains what these are, why they're used, and how to get started. What is a Special Purpose Entity (or Vehicle)? An SPE is a legal entity (usually a limited liability company of some type or, sometimes, a limited partnership) created to fulfill narrow, specific or temporary objectives.

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