Monthly Archives: January 2012

Asked & Answered: I have a person’s life rights. Do I need to option the news article about him, too?

Pablo asks:
I have a friend who is a war vet that has an amazing personal story. I interviewed him via email two years ago as I saw the potential in it for making a feature film. Recently, an international news network showcased the highlights of his story on TV.

So my question is as follows: If I tell his story in a screenplay with the properly written legal permission from my friend who is the protagonist of the story, do I need to worry about the network claiming rights on the script because they told the story before me as a news story?

Here's my answer:

 

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Asked & Answered: The Wizard of Oz and the public domain.

An anonymous viewer asks whether the producers of “Oz: The Great and Powerful”, scheduled for release in 2012 needed to make an arrangement with the copyright holders for “The Wizard of Oz”, or whether a loosely based “homage” can be done without copyright clearance   My Answer:   AUDIO: Continue Reading

Broadway’s Spiderman: weaving a tangled web

When Spiderman:Turn Off The Dark’s original writer/director ,Julie Taymor, sued the show’s producers late in 2011, nobody was particularly surprised. Ms. Taymor’s lawsuit alleged numerous counts, including the obvious breaches of contract, and the not-so-obvious copyright infringement claims. That suit seeks millions in unpaid fees and royalties allegedly due Taymor, and an order enjoining the… Continue Reading

What you absolutely must know before you approach investors for your film / play / musical.

I am often consulted by film and stage producers who tell me they’re ready to start work on raising the financing for their films/ plays/ musicals, or what-have-you, but often as not,  as we get to work, it becomes clear that they’re not as ready as they think. Before going out to investors, it’s important to… Continue Reading

Happy New Year 2012

As we start 2012, I want to take a few moments to share the optimism and positive outlook I’m experiencing. May this year be one of success, prosperity, new beginnings and continued growth in all aspects of our lives. I’m a believer in setting ambitious, but achievable goals or my own success, and in helping… Continue Reading

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