Copyright Registration Checklist Scripts or completed Motion Pictures

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

To Register a Motion Picture: What is the title of the motion picture? Is the motion picture a documentary or a narrative fictional film? Has the motion picture or a previous version been registered with the U.S. Who wrote the underlying script that was the basis for the motion picture? Who directed the motion picture? Who produced the motion picture? Who owns the completed motion picture?

Academy Denied Google Probe in Oscars Trademark Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The discovery motion came in a lawsuit over a GoDaddy program allowing people to "park" Academy Awards-related domain names. Google Tech Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Business

Judge Denies Film Academy's Attempt to Investigate Google in Oscars Trademark Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The discovery motion came in a lawsuit over a GoDaddy program allowing people to "park" Academy Awards-related domain names. Google Tech Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Business

The Future of Digital Cinema May Be At Stake in Lawsuit Over Interoperability

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

GDC and Dolby go to war over whether the messages and commands that allow motion pictures to play on screen are a protected form of intellectual property.

Paramount Objects to Fan Tweeting 'Top Gun' One Frame at a Time

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The motion picture was deconstructed -- literally -- on the social media site by the (newly suspended) user, @555uhz. read more. Top Gun Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Tech Business

Paramount Gets Mixed Rulings in Legal Cases Over 'La Dolce Vita,' 'Johnny Come Lately'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The studio has gotten news both bad and good in cases involving its exploitation of old motion pictures. The Business Movies Business Paramount Pictures

WGA Fights Over Movie Rights to 'Hogan's Heroes'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A federal judge denies Bing Crosby Productions' attempts to halt an arbitration initiated by the WGA to allow the show's original writers to exploit theatrical motion picture rights to the popular 1960s show.

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood. However, the studios never expected that their independent labels might produce pictures that would threaten to cannibalize their tent-pole productions.

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood. However, the studios never expected that their independent labels might produce pictures that would threaten to cannibalize their tent-pole productions.

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood. However, the studios never expected that their independent labels might produce pictures that would threaten to cannibalize their tent-pole productions.

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Files Suit Over Domain Name

Media Law Prof Blog

The Blog of Legal Times notes that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has decided to sue 007 Productions, based in Goa, India, and holder of the domain name www.Oscars100.com, which it had offered to the Academy

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Academy Sues Oscar Winner's Heirs for Auctioning His Award

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Business Briarbrook Auctions sold Joseph Wright''s 1942 statuette for $79,200 in June. read more. Awards Movies THR Online THR, Esq.

Actor detained at Oscars isn't done ripping Academy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni We reported on Friday that actor Michael Avmen had filed an interesting $50 million false imprisonment lawsuit against the motion picture academy for being detained for hours outside the Oscars in March. The Academy responded in part.

The 10 most interesting Oscar-related lawsuits ever

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Disney sues the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, alleging that the infamous Rob Lowe-Snow White duet at the 1989 Oscars was unflattering to the beloved character. By Eriq Gardner Here's an Oscar list you won't see anywhere else.

Torrent websites proving resilient against legal claims

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Motion Picture Association of America has yet to convince a federal court that BitTorrent index site Isohunt is. By Eriq Gardner The entertainment industry is finding it tough to stamp out torrent websites. Today brings news on two fronts.

Asked and Answered: Using a pre-existing film title for a new screenplay

Gordon P. Firemark

Here’s my answer: QUESTION Damian is wondering what the protocol was for using a title for my screenplay that, after checking on IMDB the title, has already been used on a produced motion picture. Damian asks about using a pre-existing film’s title for his new screenplay. If i used the title would I have to. Asked & Answered

The Oscars, Reposted.

DealFatigue

Two pictures in contention - “Michael Clayton&# and “Juno&# - each have four credited producers but according to the Academy’s website , only three producers on each of these pictures are eligible to accept the Best Picture award.

Box Office

DealFatigue

The budget for the picture was $37 million and as of this writing, has already grossed over $57 million during its theatrical release. This isn’t about quality pictures; it’s about “who’s winning now.”

Box Office

DealFatigue

The budget for the picture was $37 million and as of this writing, has already grossed over $57 million during its theatrical release. This isn’t about quality pictures; it’s about “who’s winning now.”

Box Office

DealFatigue

The budget for the picture was $37 million and as of this writing, has already grossed over $57 million during its theatrical release. This isn’t about quality pictures; it’s about “who’s winning now.&#

Charles Rivkin Takes Over As Head of the MPAA: Interview With THR

Media Law Prof Blog

In the Hollywood Reporter: An interview with the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Charles Rivkin

Monday Morning JETLawg

JetLawBlog

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sues GoDaddy.com over unauthorized trademark use. In the news… School in Pennsylvania gives laptops to students and uses webcams to spy on them at home.

MPAA Sues Zevida For Copyright Infringement

Media Law Prof Blog

From the AP: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is suing Zediva, that company which has started releasing new films early via the Internet. According to its press release, the MPAA is suing for copyright infringement, because Zediva "illegally

Christopher Dodd To Become New MPAA Chief

Media Law Prof Blog

Former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd will be the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), succeeding Dan Glickman. Interim head Robert Pisano is likely to remain with the organization

SAG Board Rejects AMPTP’s final offer

Gordon P. Firemark

The Entertainment trades are reporting that the SAG Board today voted to reject the “final&# offer made by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, setting the stage for more turmoil and the possibility of an Actor’s strike.

What is an “Accredited Investor”? Why you should care.

Gordon P. Firemark

Most low- and mid-budget motion pictures, plays, musicals and media productions simply can’t afford the time or money involved with a registered, public securities offering. Background.

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Academy Invites New Members, Oscar Host Jackman

Thompson On Hollywood

Academy Invites 134 to Membership Beverly Hills, CA (June 30, 2009) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 134 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Why most “work made for hire” agreements in theatre don’t work.

Gordon P. Firemark

Writers and Producers familiar with the way things are done in Hollywood have surely seen the ubiquitous term “Work Made For Hire” in their contracts. It's often a surprise, however, when they learn that in the theatre, Work Made For Hire is the rare exception, rather than the rule.

Oscar Rule Change Follow-ups

Thompson On Hollywood

Here are the five best picture candidates that year: American Beauty. Ten movies vying for best picture levels the Oscar prognosticator playing field: now everybody knows nothing. Kennedy has received six Best Picture nominations as producer.

Academy Adds Five Slots to Best Picture Category

Thompson On Hollywood

I am stunned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences decision to nominate ten films for the best picture Oscar. The broadcast has suffered drops in viewers when the best picture winner isn't Titanic or Lord of the Rings. Last year, for example, the top ten best picture Oscar list would have looked something like this: Slumdog Millionaire. Best Picture nominees of that year include such diverse classics as “Mr.

Judge Orders 'Bullet' Director to Not Interfere in Film's Completion

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Robert Rodriguez-produced motion picture is at the center of a controversy over ownership and control. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Robert Rodriguez Business

Getting a tattoo? If you’re in the media you need to get the copyright too!

Gordon P. Firemark

Tyson appeared in the first Hangover picture, and apparently has a cameo in the sequel, as well.). While such grants aren’t commonplace in current talent agreements for motion pictures, it’s a safe bet that following this lawsuit, they will be included as a matter of course. Things just got more complicated for on-camera folks who have tattoos, body art or other adornments.

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WGA Members Okay Three Year Contract With AMPTP

Media Law Prof Blog

The Writers Guild (WGA) membership has voted to ratify a three year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: MADONNA’S BATTLE OVER “MATERIAL GIRL” TRADEMARK

Entertainment Litigation Blog

In a motion for summary judgment last summer, the company defendants claimed that Madonna obtained a trademark over the phrase “Material Girl” as a result of her hit song of the same name and related sales of goods and merchandise with that name. Madonna’s appearances in various motion pictures in the mid to late 1980s like Who’s That Girl as well as her concert tours furthered her image as the prototypical “Material Girl.”

The MTP Podcast: The Consequences of DOJ’s New Rule on 100% Licensing with David Lowery, Steve Winogradsky and Chris Castle

Music Technology Policy

Background link to DOJ statement and link to BMI’s “pre-motion” letter to BMI rate court judge outlining BMI’s objections to new DOJ rule. –Devastating impact on music in television programs and motion pictures, “WKRP revisited” –Google’s influence on the new rule through Renata B. David Lowery, Steve Winogradsky and Chris Castle discuss the implications of the new rule by the U.S.

A Blogging Hiatus

Copyrights & Campaigns

On February 28 I started in a new position as Content Protection Counsel at the Motion Picture Association of America , where my primary responsibility will be litigating anti-piracy cases on behalf of the MPAA’s member studios. When I started this blog in December 2008 , I said I wanted to counter the “ shocking lack of balance in discussion of copyright and related issues on the Internet.” For almost two and a half years, I’ve tried to do just that.

SPEILBERG PREVAILS IN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT SUIT

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Spielberg and the other defendants produced and distributed the motion picture Disturbia; in 2007. The U.S. Southern District Court in New York has found that director Steven Spielberg's film "Disturbia" does not infringe the copyright in the short story "Rear Window," which was the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock movie with the same title. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain found there was no substantial similarity between "Rear Window" and "Disturbia."

U.S. Supreme Court: Foreign Produced copies are subject to First Sale Doctrine

Gordon P. Firemark

If you are the owner of intellectual property assets, such as motion pictures, books, or other content, you'll want to examine this ruling's ramifications for yourself. Supreme Court Ruling protects student's right to sell foreign purchased copies for profit.

Internet Delivery Now Streeting With Traditional Home Video

DealFatigue

As Handel and the LA Times report, this will be the first day and date release of a motion picture on video in both Internet/electronic media and physical media.

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Internet Delivery Now Streeting With Traditional Home Video

DealFatigue

As Handel and the LA Times report, this will be the first day and date release of a motion picture on video in both Internet /electronic media and physical media.

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