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?

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. This Note examines the United States’ state and federal governments’ past and current attitudes toward censorship of motion pictures.

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 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

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.

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. Patrick Goldstein recently wrote in The Big Picture blog about Slumdog’s surprise performance and its likely chances of getting an Academy Award here. [ Saying that these pictures are truly independently financed.

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. Patrick Goldstein recently wrote in The Big Picture blog about Slumdog’s surprise performance and its likely chances of getting an Academy Award here. [ Saying that these pictures are truly independently financed.

Film Academy Sues Over Possible Sale of 'Deer Hunter' Oscar (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesA three-decade mystery over what happened to the stolen statuette given to sound engineer Aaron Rochin might be solved. read more. Movies 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 Businessread more. The Business THR, Esq.

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 Businessread more. The Business THR, Esq.

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. So if either of these pictures picks up the award for Best Picture, apparently one producer won’t be getting an Oscar but the other three will.

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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. The picture stands to make substantially more when (and if) it goes into wider theatrical release internationally and through ancillary exploitation on video and pay/free TV. 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. The picture stands to make substantially more when (and if) it goes into wider theatrical release internationally and through ancillary exploitation on video and pay/free TV. 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. The picture stands to make substantially more when (and if) it goes into wider theatrical release internationally and through ancillary exploitation on video and pay/free TV. 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. Microsoft Twitter patent webcam spy software Jerry O'Connell law school CRM Matisse Picasso Paris museum Dalai Lama Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences GoDaddy.com Roger Wireless Toronto 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

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. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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.

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. New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.

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

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

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.

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. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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 Picturesread more. THR, Esq.

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). The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the new deal: 98.5 percent yes to 1.5 Provisions

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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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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

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. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Labor

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: THE ART OF A TRIAL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

TOP COURTROOM MOTION PICTURES In the spirit of the many lists of "top" whatever in the entertainment industry, I decided to write about my favorite courtroom films. Before doing so, I decided to do "research" -- so I purchased some movies that I had not seen before and some others that I had not seen in a while. It was gruesome research watching all these films. But someone had to do it.

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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.

Hollywood Docket: Oscar 'extortion'; Animation investigation; Movie theater popcorn

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Entertainment law news this morning: Director James Toback has lobbed one heck of a charge against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over the omission of his film, "Tyson," from the Oscar shortlist of 15 documentary films. Toback.

Hollywood Docket: No big change at AMPTP

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Entertainment law news this morning: The Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers has named Carol Lombardini as its new president. She's a 27-year AMPTP veteran, now responsible for negotiating new union agreements with the guilds. Public Knowledge has sent.

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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.

Legal action to help save Hollywood's elderly

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A lawsuit is expected to come challenging the ability by the Motion Picture and Television Fund to close down. By Eriq Gardner In the midst of a national debate over health care, Hollywood has its own crisis on its hands.