Hudson on Copyright Guidance for Using Films in Online Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic @DrEmilyHudson

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Emily Hudson, King's College London School of Law, has published Copyright Guidance for Using Films in Online Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This Guidance discusses copyright options for using feature films and other audiovisual content in

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Crowdfunded 'Star Trek' Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The use of Klingon — a language allegedly not copyrightable — in a not-yet-produced feature film can't doom this lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Legendary, Warner Bros. Sued for Allegedly Stealing 'Kong: Skull Island' Story

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Joe DeVito claims he created the universe surrounding King Kong's mysterious home and his pitch for a TV series was turned into a feature film without giving him compensation or credit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Podcast, Blog & New Media Producers’ Legal Survival Guide now available in the Amazon Kindle Store.

Gordon P. Firemark

Click Here Also available is my White Paper: 6 Ways to Finance a Feature Film I’m thrilled to announce that my book, the Podcast, Blog & New Media Producers’ Legal Survival Guide is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store. Interested?

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Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to base a fan film on a video game?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked and Answered video, I respond to Guy’s inquiry about whether permission is required for a fan film based on a video game. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to base a fan film on a video game?

Sony Pictures Wins 'Midnight in Paris' Lawsuit Over Faulkner Quote (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The use of a nine-word quote from a 220-page novel in a feature film doesn''t equate to copyright infringement. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Midnight in Paris Business

Asked & Answered – Fair Use explained.

Gordon P. Firemark

Michael asks when it’s OK to use “snippets” of existing films as “B-Roll” for his video projects. We will not be responsible for viewers’’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

Asked & Answered: Original vs. Adapted works

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. 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.

Asked & Answered: I have a person’s life rights. Do I need to option the news article about him, too?

Gordon P. Firemark

I interviewed him via email two years ago as I saw the potential in it for making a feature film. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Pablo asks: I have a friend who is a war vet that has an amazing personal story.

Asked & Answered: How do I get a lawyer to represent my script?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: Dave asks how to get an entertainment lawyer to sell a script. I give my answer. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Asked & Answered – How to submit a spec script for an existing TV series

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for viewers'’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Blair wants to know whether she needs an agent to submit a spec script she's written for an existing TV Series. I give an answer, and some practical advice about this kind of thing. link].

Speaking at Institute for International Film Financing (link updated)

Gordon P. Firemark

10pm, I’ll be speaking at the Institute for International Film Financing. I’ll be giving an abbreviated version of my presentation entitled “6 Ways to Finance A Feature Film&# , and joining a panel of other film financing experts to take questions from attendees. CORRECTION: the link to the event has been revised. Thursday, January 14, 2010, from 7-.

Help me help you

Gordon P. Firemark

6-ways to Finance A Feature Film – mini e-mail course. Entertainment Law entertainment lawyer film finance internet marketing products survey theatre producerWill you please help me provide the most useful content possible? As you know, I’ve previously released several courses, e-books, and webinars, including: The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide . Theatre Producer Academy (online e-learning program) .

Producer Reviving Projects About Gay African American Men (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Proteus Spann was readying a feature film and stage musical based on bestselling books by E. Lynn Harris when the author died and Harris’s mother filed a lawsuit against him: “It put a stop to everything," he tells THR. read more. Music Movies THR, Esq. Politics

Asked and Answered: Can I use old time radio recordings in my play?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. Get my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Steven asks about the use of old-time radio recordings as part of his new play. My answer may surprise you! This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Asked & Answered – Do I need permission to feature a celebrity’s ghost?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Asked & Answered – Do I need permission to feature a celebrity’s ghost? Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

Asked & Answered: Finder’s Fees to friend with contacts? [Video Answer]

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. In this video, I answer a question about whether it’s OK to pay a finder’s fee to a contact who facilitates sale of a script. Let me know your thoughts about the video format for these Asked & Answered topics. Do you like the video? Hate it? Use the comments.

Asked & Answered: Can I set my sports movie in a real sports league?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Christian writes: I have a story in mind that takes place in a popular sports league. It’s not based on actual events, it just involves the specific league.

Asked and Answered – registration numbers: to show or not?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: Is is worth registering a script with both the WGA and US Copyright Office and then should the registration numbers by shown on the title page of the script? I give my answer: This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

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Unveiled--Plans For a Film Of MJ's Last Reheasals

Media Law Prof Blog

A motion picture featuring film of Michael Jackson's last rehearsals; if approved by a judge, its profits might pump a lot of cash into the Jackson estate. Coming soon? More here

Sony Pictures Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Faulkner Quote in 'Midnight in Paris'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The use of a nine-word quote from a 220-page novel in a feature film presents a classic case of "fair use," argues the studio that distributed the movie that earned Woody Allen an Oscar for best original screenplay. read more. Movies THR, Esq. Midnight in Paris Business

The Wrap’s Jeff Steele on the current Film Finance landscape

Gordon P. Firemark

Jeff Steele has a good article about the film finance landscape over at The Wrap. As always, consult a knowledgable, experienced entertainment lawyer for the details about front-money agreements and film finance deals in general. For a primer on “6 Ways to Finance a Feature Film&# , sign up for my free mini-course. The Wrap’s Jeff Steele on the current Film Finance landscape is a post from: The Law Offices of Gordon P. Film Finance

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

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link].

CINEMA LAW: WHAT’S IN A TITLE?

KWIKA Entertainment Law Blog

Q: I made a short film in 1983 and now a feature film is being made with the same title. [This blog entry originally appeared at MovieMaker.com.] The storylines are not the same but nobody checked with me about using my title. What options do I have? To whom would I file a complaint? Would it [.].

Asked and Answered: Can I use a famous movie line in my new screenplay?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: I have watched hundreds of films and read as many screenplays. In fact, lines spoken by characters in films need to sound “real&# , and real people don’t speak in such carefully constructed phrases as to warrant copyright protection. The film itself is almost without a doubt protected by copyright, but a subsequent use of a single line found within a film is likely to be held a de minimus use, and therefore not an infringement.

Asked & Answered: How do I protect myself when I submit my idea?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: I have written and produced a webseries and I would like to submit it to different companies PR and Advertising departments to see if I could possibly sell the idea. How do I protect my footage and idea, and still try to push this webseries to as many companies as possible.

Asked & Answered: Video/Film/recording performances of plays.

Gordon P. Firemark

Every year we revisit the same topic: Filming performances. The response I always hear is that they never sell the film. A: It’s irrelevant whether they sell the film. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: I work in educational theater.

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Asked and Answered: What happens to my rights when I change the title?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: I’ve sent my script to an agency and have got response they wanna represent me. The CEO of agency advices to do grammar edit and to change the title of the script. I’ve registered my rights with original title in WGA and Copyright as well.

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Asked and Answered: Parody/Satire and copyright infringement.

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: When does a parody of someone else’s material infringe on their copyright? For instance, having a character use the Vulcan mind-meld in your story. Changing some content within a Dr. Seuss story to create new characters but keeping the same meter, structure and rhyme.

Asked & Answered: Can I sell my novel after I’ve already sold the screenplay?

Gordon P. Firemark

Purchasers of screenplays typically expect that they have exclusive rights to the story, and that they’ll be able to exploit their film without competition from the writer’s other works. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].

Asked & Answered: Can I retell true events from a memoir?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to Mr. Firemark’s FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].

Asked and Answered: Using Pseudonyms, and getting paid.

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: Can you shed any light on how to best use a pseudonym from a legal standpoint? I have my copyright indicating the other identity, but what about in the marketplace? For example, if I’m to be paid, how would that be arranged?

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Hollywood Breathes a sigh of relief (sort-of)

Gordon P. Firemark

So, it seems that SAG has finally relented, opting to send members (and the rest of Hollywood) back to work in time to get production started for the 2010 feature film season. economic recession, and runaway production to states and countries with favorable tax incentives, it seems possible that Hollywood will remain only a “nerve center&# for the film business, with the “muscle center&# distributed among cities elsewhere.

Asked and Answered: Is a friend’s suggestion in my screenplay ‘authorship’?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q : What happens if a friend, or someone else, makes a suggestion that you think is good and without written permission include the line, scene, or piece of business in your screenplay. Is there now a copyright issue?

Asked and Answered: Query letters as unsolicited submissions?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: As a TV/film screenwriter I’ve sent short pitches and query letters to several agents. We will not be responsible for readers' detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Some have responded with requests to see my work, but other have returned my queries with a “no unsolicited&# material letter from the submissions department.

Asked & Answered: How to avoid being sued when basing characters on real people

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: My current screenwriting project is taken from the old adage to “write what you know&#. As such, it is a story from my perspective, working in a medical office.

Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to film a business’ logo or building?

Gordon P. Firemark

I also have longer scripts I think could be entered in regional film festivals. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].

Asked & Answered: The collaborator who didn’t.

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: Do I have to share my Author/Writer Credit with someone who collaborated on the script, even if he never wrote one word or typed one keystroke on the script?

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Asked and Answered: Do I need to clear rights for a historical film set in the 1700s?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: I am currently resea rching a story that occurred in the 1700s in France. I have used a number of different sources to put together a time-line of the heroine’s life, from which I have plotted out the story.

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Why you need an entertainment attorney to help negotiate your television acting deals.

Gordon P. Firemark

However, for cable programs , and when dealing with major star level talent, it's often possible for the attorney to negotiate non-exclusivity, or to carve out guest appearances on other programs, in commercials (subject to many restrictions), and other opportunities like voice-over work, and feature film roles. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Why you need an entertainment attorney to help negotiate your television acting deals.

Asked & Answered: Copyright duration and the public domain.

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. For a limited time, readers of this column can subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: If 1977 is the dividing line for copyright laws, is it possible to, say, erase all challenging doubts by merging two pre-1977 stories and create an entirely new work?

Asked and Answered: Protection for a game.

Gordon P. Firemark

Q; I’m developing a game which is an original idea and is based on a film that I did (wrote, produced, directed) and on scripts that I’m working on. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].

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

Gordon P. Firemark

Of course, this is a situation where offering some money can smooth the process, and having a skilled and experienced negotiator (probably an entertainment lawyer familiar with the independent film industry) helping you is certainly worthwhile. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].