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Archive for the ‘Ownership’ Category

Weinstein to create new TWC label to focus on Indie films

September 7, 2011

The Weinstein Company‘s new endeavor will use existing digital distribution channels to deliver new films. have The new as-yet-unamed venture will be headquartered in New York and run by industry veterans Tom Quinn ( Magnolia) and legal consultant Jason Janego. http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2011/09/06/weinstein_co._launches_indie_label_poaches_magnolias_tom_quinn/

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.

Avoid potholes on the Road to Distribution

June 28, 2011

Film Production is inherently a collaborative process. Co-Authoring a script can be a great way to develop your creative side. Yet, co-authorship has its own risks. Film Threat has a great piece on some of the issues that should be addressed.

Section 181 “Indie” Film Tax Credit Resurrected in Tax Deal

December 20, 2010

Obama has breathed new life into the Section 181 film tax credit (originally blogged about here) that had expired at the end of 2008. Originally signed into law as part of the 2004 Jobs Creation Act, it has been resurrected as part of the controversial new tax bill. The new tax bill recently signed into law […]

Religious Organization & Film Producer at Odds Over Copyright to Video

December 16, 2010

We Hold These Truths Ltd. of Phoenix (WHTT), a religious group opposed to the movement known as “Christian Zionism” sued a film producer for copyright infringement. Christian Zionism is a religious movement that sees the rise of the state of Israel as a fulfillment of a Biblical prophecy. According to the complaint, filed December 13 […]

Cake Boss Trademark lawsuit settled. The show will go on

October 24, 2010

Cake Boss trademark lawsuit highlights the need to clear trademark/IP rights This one has been a hot topic around the water cooler at IP law firms. Apparently no one at the Learning Channel thought to “clear” the rights to the show title “Cake Boss.” Trademark clearance involves a broad search for rights holders who may […]

What if my work was published in a new work without giving me credit?

August 25, 2010

Imagine this scenario: As part of your job you provide training for business outside your organization such as customers or vendors. During one of your training sessions, you are approached and asked to contribute to a video version of the training session that the organization plans to post online and portions of which may be […]

iPhone “Jailbreak” Ruling Bolster’s Technology Fair Use

July 28, 2010

Ruling clarifies the legality of cell phone “jailbreaking” — software modifications that liberate handsets to run applications from sources other than those approved by the phone maker.

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.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Copyright

April 8, 2010

The ability to demonstrate a clear chain of title to the copyrighted elements in a film is absolutely necessary to secure distribution or theatrical release. This articles lists seven common misconceptions and mistakes about copyright and ways to avoid them.