Monthly Archives: October 2008

Copyright in pre 1978 unpublished works…

Dracula posterCopyright geeks (like me) will enjoy  the  good discussion  of copyright protection for works created before 1978 but not published until after the new copyright act took effect.  Hat tip to Tara Warrington for spotting Leslie Klinger's piece, and a nice analysis, using Bram Stoker's alternate ending for Dracula, as an illustration.

Here's the link to Tara's piece on one of my favorite legal blogs:  The Legal Satricon

Why every writing team should have a written collaboration agreement. (part 3 of 3)

This is the final installment of  a 3-part series on the importance of collaboration agreements for every writing or other creative team.  In Parts 1 and 2, I analyzed some of the important provisions found in properly negotiated and drafted collaboration agreements.  Here, I’ll continue that discussion, and explain the advantages of using entertainment lawyer… Continue Reading

Why every writing team should have a written collaboration agreement. (part 3 of 3)

This is the final installment of  a 3-part series on the importance of collaboration agreements for every writing or other creative team.  In Parts 1 and 2, I analyzed some of the important provisions found in properly negotiated and drafted collaboration agreements.  Here, I’ll continue that discussion, and explain the advantages of using entertainment lawyer… Continue Reading

Why every writing team should have a written collaboration agreement. (part 2 of 3)

This is part 2 in a series of 3 posts about the importance of collaboration agreements to writing and other creative teams.  In part 1, I defined the term Collaboration Agreement, explained why such agreements are important to collaborators, and began exploring the usual terms of the collaboration agreements by looking at copyright ownership of… Continue Reading

Why every writing team should have a written collaboration agreement. (part 2 of 3)

This is part 2 in a series of 3 posts about the importance of collaboration agreements to writing and other creative teams.  In part 1, I defined the term Collaboration Agreement, explained why such agreements are important to collaborators, and began exploring the usual terms of the collaboration agreements by looking at copyright ownership of… Continue Reading

Why every writing team should have a written collaboration agreement. (part 1 of 3)

This is the first in a series of three posts on the importance of collaboration agreements for writing and other creative teams. What is a collaboration agreement? Any time two or more people join together to create a work such as a play, musical, song, screenplay, or any other work of art or authorship, they… Continue Reading

Why Poor Man's Copyright and Creative Commons didn't work out for Quote Unquote Records

Hat tip to Dallas based entertainment lawyer Tamera Bennett for her blog post explaining the need for official copyright registration. (at least to one web-hosting company). Independent label Quote Unquote Records’ website was recently taken down by its web hosting provider, after the label couldn’t produce copyright registration certificates for songs posted on its website in mp3… Continue Reading

Why and How artists MUST take action when their work is infringed.

Every creative person, whether an actor, writer, filmmaker, musician or painter runs the risk of his or her work eventually being copied without permission. While sometimes, this copying is done with a clear profit motive, an increasingly common vector by which unauthorized copies appear is through well-intentioned friends and fans posting an artist’s song, photograph,… Continue Reading

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