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Posts Tagged ‘Exploitation

Does Copyright Protect Film Characters?

July 19, 2014

A production company in California, Bengal Mangle Productions, has filed a lawsuit against Seth MacFarlane alleging copyright infringement over the 2012 movie about a foul-mouthed stuffed toy “Ted”.

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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.

DIY Indie Film Marketing: Blogging rewards and risks

June 16, 2010

If blogging is part of your marketing plan, if your business sends free samples to bloggers or if you hire endorsers or spokespeople, then you need to know about Federal Trade Commission guidelines surrounding paid endorsements.

Call for Entries: SHOOT’s 8th Annual New Directors Search – Approaching Deadline

March 18, 2010

Deadline To Discover The Best Up-And-Coming Helmers Is March 31st, 2010 SHOOT Magazine’s 8th Annual search to discover the best up-and-coming directors. This is a great opportunity to advance your career! Entry forms and details can be found online at www.shootonline.com/go/search.

Clock is Ticking on IRS Section 181 Film Tax Incentive!

December 11, 2009

“American Jobs Creation Act: Section 181” provides 100% Federal deductions against passive income. State Film Production Tax Credits may also be available. What Is Section 181? How Does Section 181 Work? Who Is Eligible for Section 181 Deductions? Section 181, first enacted by Congress in 2004, and blogged about here, was extended and modified on […]

Illinois Film Production Services Tax Credit Act

October 22, 2009

In 2003 Illinois introduced a wage-based tax credit for film producers. In December of 2008 Illinois passed the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act, offering producers a credit of 30% of all “qualified expenditures,” including post-production, and has no expiration. To promote growth and job opportunities in the Illinois film industry, the Act is to beneficial to […]

Anatomy of a Distribution Deal

October 20, 2009

If I had a dollar for every poorly-written, ill-conceived and unfair distribution deal that came across my desk, I’d be producing films instead of writing about producing them! Too often, filmmakers are dazzled by the numbers that may result from an exceptional commercialization and so eager to land a deal that they leave common sense […]