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5 Hard Lessons About the Use of Music Rights in Films No One Will Discuss Openly

5 Hard Lessons About the Use of Music Rights in Films No One Will Discuss Openly

Music can define a film, evoking emotions and enhancing narratives. However, the legal complexities surrounding music rights are a landscape fraught with pitfalls that filmmakers often underestimate. Here’s a deep dive into the hard lessons about using music in films, complete with real-life examples and case law.

1. Music Licensing Can Be Costly

Securing the rights to use a specific piece of music in a film can be a major financial hurdle. The cost of music licensing varies widely depending on the song’s popularity, its creators, and the intended use. For instance, licensing a famous song by a top artist for a worldwide release can cost anywhere from several thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

An illustrative example is the use of The Rolling Stones’ song in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, which reportedly cost $500,000. This example highlights the necessity for filmmakers to budget adequately for music rights from the planning stage of their projects.

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Gordon Firemark Appears on Digital Trailblazer Podcast for 2nd time

What a pleasure it was to join Host Leah Rae Getts to talk about the legal side of online business, media, courses, etc. Check out this episode, and let me know in comments or via email if you have questions.

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Navigating the Legal Landscape of Podcasting: A Guide to Disclaimers and Disclosures

Navigating the Legal Landscape of Podcasting: A Guide to Disclaimers and Disclosures

In the ever-evolving world of podcasting, where the lines between content creation and legal obligations often blur, understanding the intricacies of disclaimers and disclosures becomes paramount. Whether you’re a seasoned podcaster or just starting out, the content you produce carries with it certain responsibilities—not just to your audience, but also in the eyes of the… Continue Reading

The Battle for Art and Rights – ELU 165

Join Gordon Firemark and Tamara Bennett in episode 165 of the Entertainment Law Update podcast as they provide detailed analysis and commentary on various legal and business news stories. The episode covers a range of cases, from Alec Baldwin’s indictment in the Rust movie shooting to copyright disputes over AI-generated content. Highlights include discussions on… Continue Reading

Don’t fall for these trademark scams

Scams are nothing new for trademark applicants and registrants.  Because the application is a public-record, it’s quite easy for anyone to identify those who’ve recently filed or received office actions and target them. There are two new(ish) scams that have started showing up that are worth warning you about so you don’t wind up a… Continue Reading

New for 2024: Federal Reporting Requirement Affects Most Small Businesses

Navigating the Corporate Transparency Act for Small Businesses and Legal Entities The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is a pivotal piece of legislation that impacts many small businesses with LLC or corporation structures, among others. Enacted as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, the CTA aims to enhance transparency and combat… Continue Reading

Gordon Firemark receives Texas Star Award recognizing achievements and contributions to Entertainment Law.

Last week, I attended the UTCLE/Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Association’s 33rd annual Entertainment Law Initiative. On Thursday, I was honored to be recognized as the 2023 recipient of the Texas Entertainment and Sports Law association’s Texas Star Award for achievements in and contributions to the field of Entertainment Law. Better still, I was thrilled… Continue Reading

Guarding Your Digital Presence: A Comprehensive Guide to Spotting and Protecting Against Deepfakes

As a lawyer deeply involved in the realms of digital content creation, podcasting, and media law, I understand the importance of safeguarding one’s online identity and intellectual property. In this blog post, we’re going to delve into the world of deepfakes – those eerily convincing digital manipulations that can pose a serious threat to both… Continue Reading

Firemark among Best Lawyers in America 8 years running.

For the eighth year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I’m grateful that my colleagues have again voted for me to receive this recognition. Helping Entertainment Professionals Realize Their Dream is my mission, and I’m proud to… Continue Reading

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