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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to portray real people who died in 1872?

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Q: Bernie asks whether he needs permission to portray a long-dead ship's captain and his family, in a screenplay that attempts to dispel myths about their disappearance, and presents an alternative hypothesis suitable for the horror film market.

In this video, I give my answer.




Join me and Save 20% on New Media Expo (NMX) in Las Vegas this January

Register Now for NMX 2013 in Las Vegas, Jan 6-8!I'm going to be attending and speaking at the NMX conference January 6-8. If you're a Web-TV producer, blogger, podcaster, or any other kind of producer, and you're sharing your content online, you need to attend this, the flagship conference for New Media.

My talk is entitled:  “Ten Legal Cases every Blogger, Podcaster or Media Producer should know about”

I'm also appearing on a panel:  Social Media and the Law: Emerging Legal Issues and Obligations

Get a 20% Discount!

Right now, for a limited time, there's a discount available: Save 20% off your New Media Expo pass with code AN20P through 11/27!

Important Show Dates & Pass Prices:
Pass Type 10/27 to 11/23 11/24 to 12/14 12/15 to 01/08
NMX All Access Pass $647.00 $697.00 $797.00
NMX Content Creator Pass $297.00 $347.00 $397.00
Exhibit Hall Only Pass $67.00 $77.00 $87.00
Virtual Ticket Pass $197.00 $297.00 $297.00

Let's Meetup at NMX!

If you're planning to attend, let me know.  I'm scheduling some meetups!


Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 036 – Faulkner, Einstein, Superman and talent managers…


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In this Episode:

  • William Faulkner’s suit against Sony Pictures and Woody Allen;
  • Warner Brothers has won an important victory in the Superman litigation,
  • Albert Einstein’s likeness is now in the public domain, and
  • a group representing talent managers is suing California officials over the state’s licensing statute for agents
  • and much more…


Gordon Firemark


Twitter: @gfiremark

Tamera Bennett


Twitter: @tamerabennett



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Update on status of Jobs Act revisions to Regulation D, Rule 506 securities offerings

Last April, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the JOBS Act.  One important component of that act loosened restrictions on the way film and theatre producers companies can obtain financing through private offerings under Rule 506.  This has been the preferred approach to independent financing for films and theatre projects for some time,… Continue Reading

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