Monthly Archives: September 2010

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 14


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In this Episode:

  • follow ups
  • Letterman v. Phoenix?
  • Naked Cowpersons
  • Eminem wins on downloads
  • ASCAP Loses on downloads
  • MADONNA not the only material girl
  • Ivi, Inc. says it doesn't need a license for tv rebroadcasts
  • Righthaven: Troll or Defender?
  • Vernor v. Autodesk – is the first sale doctrine dead?

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Asked and Answered: Is a friend’s suggestion in my screenplay ‘authorship’?

Q:  What happens if a friend, or someone else, makes a suggestion that you think is good and without written permission include the line, scene, or piece of business in your screenplay. Is there now a copyright issue? A: Assuming, for the moment, that the friend just blurted out this suggestion, and  you’ve decided that it… Continue Reading

Asked & Answered: Is it safe to write a new work based on a deceased author’s book?

Q: I have an excellent screenplay concept I’m into – Inspired by a previously published literary book, written by a now-deceased author & screenwriter whose trade and screen writing professional work was quite successful.  The publisher of the original “book” is contemporary The author’s literary affairs are now handled by an “estate Trustee,” and a capable Hollywood industry literary agent is still in… Continue Reading

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