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?

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?

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Dr. Strange-rating or: How I Learned that the Motion Picture Association of America’s Film Rating System Constitutes False Advertising

JetLawBlog

Below is the Note abstract for Dr. Strange-rating or: How I Learned that the Motion Picture Association of America’s Film Rating System Constitutes False Advertising , coming to you soon in Volume 12, No.

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 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.

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

Mel Gibson Loses Court Bid to Reclaim Rights to 'Madman' Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A Los Angeles judge doesn't see enough evidence that Voltage Pictures breached a contract to a motion picture about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary.

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.

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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.&#

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Force Majeure: an issue in the SAG/AMPTP negotiations

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the issues in the impasse between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is the Force Majeure Clause. Backstage magazine has A good piece by Armin Shimerman on Force Majeure. The article explains the current Force majeure clause, the issue between the parties and the consquences of its application and enforcement.

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

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).

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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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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

Academy settling Oscar crasher lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: The actor accused of crashing the Oscars in March is resolving his legal battle with the motion picture academy. Michael Avila (aka Michael Avmen) tells us he and his wife have agreed not to attend future.

Pirates Ho!

Media Law Prof Blog

The Motion Picture Association of America says a piracy group fighting back against anti-piracy efforts completed a denial-of-service attack against the MPAA's website on Saturday. More here from the Hollywood Reporter

Criminal charges filed against alleged Oscar trespasser

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Bad news for the actor who traded lawsuits with the motion picture academy after being detained outside the Oscars in March. We've learned that the City of Los Angeles has filed criminal trespass charges against Michael.

Movie Academy Journeys to Mars and (Far) Beyond at Sold-Out Event

Digital Media Law

asked NASA’s Eric De Jong Tuesday night on stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “What’s anything without a trip to Mars?,” No one in the audience seemed inclined to disagree, but many no doubt felt “Why stop at Mars?”

Film Academy targets GoDaddy in massive cybersquatting lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is known to be quite litigious in protecting its Oscar rights. But dare we say it has outdone itself this time with a whopping 134-page lawsuit against domain.

Academy countersues Oscar 'detainee' for trespass

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has just countersued the actor who claims he was unlawfully detained for six hours outside the Oscars in March. By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Now this is getting interesting. In a cross-complaint filed.

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.

Movie research firm claims former head misappropriated trade secrets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Gregg Kilday Caught off-guard when Kevin Goetz resigned as president of its motion picture group in late February, entertainment research firm OTX has taken its case to court. On Tuesday, OTX filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against.