“I think only people in the theater know what a producer is. The public does not know. It knows a writer writes, and an actor acts, and a director tells them what to do. A producer raises money. Well, he does, and in some cases thats all he does. But the workers in the theater know that this is not the real thing. A producer is a rare, paradoxical genius -hard-headed, soft-hearted, cautious, reckless, a hopeful innocent in fair weather, a stern pilot in stormy weather, a mathematician who prefers to ignore the laws of mathematics and trust intuition, an idealist, a realist, a practical dreamer, a sophisticated gambler, a stage-struck child. That's a producer.”
— Oscar Hammerstein II
The City of New York has agreed to relax its film permit requirements.
According to the Associated Press, Filmmakers and photographers using handheld equipment on city streets will no longer be required to obtain permits.
In January, 2006 The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of an award-winning filmmaker detained by police while shooting a documentary about post 9/11 New York. The settlement calls for the city to relax its permit requirement, and provide a written rulebook governing the issuance of permits.
Professor Eric Goldmanâ€™s Technology & Marketing Law Blog has an interesting article about the simmering dispute over copyrights in photographs of public-domain works of art.
It seems a public interest group recently downloaded scores of photographs from the Smithsonian Institution and posted them on the photo-sharing site flickr. The problem isâ€¦ the Smithsonianâ€™s â€˜copyrightâ€™ page prohibits this type of exploitation of the imagesâ€¦ even if theyâ€™re in the public domain.
Can contract law reach where copyright law doesnâ€™t?