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.

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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.

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

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 & 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.

Recent Media appearances: Rex Sikes’ MovieBeat and Audacity to Podcast

Gordon P. Firemark

The first, Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat was a live (and recorded) presentation of my “6-ways to finance a feature film” talk. This morning, I was interviewed for two Internet radio shows.

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.

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.

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.

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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?

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.

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]. 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].

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.

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].

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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].

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.

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. Film Finance

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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

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].

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].

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].

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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].

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: 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. 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].

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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: 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].

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.

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].

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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.

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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.

Asked & Answered: Can I use a standard release for real people in 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: My screenplay is based on a true story.

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: Can I register my copyright under a Pseudonym?

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: 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 & 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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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?