Law and Video is the first live, call-in podcast to clear the air on legal issues for filmmakers and videographers who are looking for answers to questions related to starting a production business, copyright issues, contracts, intellectual property and distribution.
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This week's topics:
- Discussion of Lenz v. Universal, in which a Court ruled (preliminarily) that The Fair Use defense to copyright and DMCA claims DOES apply to a Youtube video featuring a baby dancing with music playing in the background. Entertainment Lawyers need to pay attention to the judge's order before issuing Takedown notices and Cease and Desist letters .
- How can a freelance artist collect unpaid fees/wages for animation services rendered on a major motion picture for a now-defunct, bankrupt, Canadian film production company?
- Must a dance studio remove a video clip from its website when faces of the dancers featured are not visible? What are the likely financial and legal ramifications of ignoring demand from a parent of one of the dancers? Should I consult my lawyer?
- Is an unwritten agreement (supported by email correspondence) for a literary agent's commission enforceable? Can write terminate now that a script sale is imminent, after 1-1/2 years of inactivity by the agent?
- Wedding Video Company provides faulty equipment to freelance videographer. Shoot goes bad. Who's liable to the Bride? Should he hire an attorney?
- Are red-light cameras a violation of motorist rights? Is a ticket from such a camera valid?
- What (if any) permission or licenses are needed when using a character from a famous film in a 3-second video clip? Do I need an entertainment lawyer to negotiate this for me?
Get your questions answered live on The Law and Video podcast. Tuesdays at 5pm.