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5 #Legal Questions to Ask BEFORE Starting Your #Crowdfunding Project

April 9, 2013

Five Legal Questions To Ask BEFORE Crowd-funding You Next Film (or Creative) Project Intro I recently had the opportunity to share the stage at a Chicago VentureShot Community panel presentation on crowdfunding an independent film project. My client successfully raised enough funds to produce his film through the Crowdfunding site KickStarter.com. Due to the unpredictable […]

Indie Film & Filmmaker News Roundup

August 20, 2012

(Image via FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Spotlight on film director Larry Longstreth Hudson Hub-Times “I reached my goal with 3 months to spare,” said Longstreth, who launched his movie, “The Long, Slow Death of a Twenty-Something” in late 2010. The nation-wide release of a movie is “sort of the holy grail of indie filmmaking,” said Longstreth. The Indie […]

Indie Film & Filmmaker News Roundup

August 12, 2012

Indie Focus: Objectivity turns to negativity with Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance’ Los Angeles Times Even before Craig Zobel’s psychological thriller “Compliance” premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the filmmaker knew the movie would be a button-pusher. Still, he didn’t expect the very vocal, very negative response from some. Julie Delpy goes from serious actress […]

Does Clicking the “Like” Button Equal Constitutionally-Protected Speech?

May 4, 2012

One of the definitive features of Social Media, and arguably the most contagious, is the ability to express one’s approval and share that with others by clicking “like,” friending, following, pinning or mentioning, among many others. However, unlike other issues that have dealt with the murky area of postings on social networks such as Facebook, […]

Online Video: Copyright & Related Issues

March 27, 2012

Pinterest tightens copyright rules CBS News Unfortunately, given that consumers are putting masses of copyrighted photos onto their boards, that becomes a problem. After all, Pinterest doesn’t want to take the legal heat for making coin on the backs of someone else’s intellectual property. See Also: Pinterest Terms Of Service Get Updated If Web movie views double, […]

Independent Theater Owners Watch Palm D’or v. Cinemark Case Closely

November 15, 2011

Independent theater owners across the country feel increasingly squeezed by the top four major theater chains. In a recent California case, Flagship Theatres of Palm Desert, LLC v. Century Theatres, Inc., the plaintiff (Flagship) brought an antitrust action against the owners of a competing theater concerning the distribution and exhibition of motion pictures.

Strength In Numbers: Indie Producers Band Together In New Venture

August 12, 2011

The move is good for indie filmmakers, to protect them against well-heeled financiers and distributors, which should have mobilized such an effort years ago.

EFF: Viacom-You Tube lawsuit threatens DMCA “Safe Harbors”

April 8, 2011

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of advocacy groups filed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief Thursday, arguing that the infringement claims made by Viacom in the appeal of Viacom v. YouTube threaten the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The EFF argues that  services like YouTube have […]

Political Sites Don’t Have Blanket Fair Use Exemption From Copyright Laws

October 29, 2010

Legal Issues With Online Video For Business: Texas Governor Rick Perry (still) Learning the Hard Way. As reported this week on the Star-Telegram.com, Gov. Perry’s YouTube account was shut down due to copyright violations. The campaign has used multiple YouTube accounts, most recently to post videos attacking political rival Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Although the campaign removed those […]

Can I Be Sued For Posting Someone Else’s Content On My Web Site?

June 25, 2010

The Internet, and sites like YouTube, provide useful and entertaining content to individuals anytime anywhere. The growth in online video marketing is a fait accompli. Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, protects Internet service providers from legal liability for using copyrighted material, as long as the firm does not know that the content is copyrighted when it publishes it.