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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Face to Face – Canadian Copyright Term, The (non)Mark of Zorro and more – Entertainment Law Update Episode 65


The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.

Show notes are located at

Here's what we talked about…

How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

ascap-stackedIf you've wondered how composers and songwriters get noticed, and have their music licensed for use in movies, on television, in video games, and other media, you're not alone.

Fortunately, the good folks over at ASCAP have published a useful post to help.  They asked  a group of folks from the Guild of Music Supervisors to give their advice.

Check out what they said here:  Music Supervisors Sound Off on Getting Your Music into Film/TV

Thanks, ASCAP!

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Copyright Renewals?





A reader wrote in with a question about whether copyrights need to be renewed.

Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level.

I'll answer the renewal question, and explain how copyright duration works, in just a moment. Continue Reading

Can You Use Real Places Names in a Story that is Fictional but Inspired in a News Article?

  AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: Can you use real place names and businesses in a story that’s fiction, but inspired by a news article or report? I’m Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your burning questions, so you can take your career and business all the way to the… Continue Reading

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast – The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments with Jeff B. Cohen

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast – The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments with Jeff B. Cohen

  Jeff B. Cohen is a former child actor.  You may remember him as the young actor who played the role of “Chunk” in the iconic 1980s film The Goonies.  Nowadays, he  a prominent figure in the Hollywood Entertainment Law community.  He’s a partner at Beverly Hills based Cohen Gardner, LLP, and was recently named to Variety’s Dealmakers Impact… Continue Reading

Have you filed your DMCA Agent designation?

  AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: Are your websites and online businesses properly protected against  lawsuits by the DMCA Safe Harbor? Hi everyone… Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark here, with a quick tip for anyone who has a presence online. You’ve probably heard about the DMCA before.   You know, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?  That’s the law that allows… Continue Reading

Producer vs. Director. 2nd Circuit: “No director copyright”

The Hollywood Reporter last week reported that the 2nd Circuit has ruled against a director’s claim of ownership in his individual contribution to a film.    The case involved a short film called “Heads Up”, directed by Alex Merkin, and Produced by 16 Casa Duse and it’s principal Robert Krakofski.  The facts aren’t unusual.  The film’s… Continue Reading

On liberty and independence

On this Independence Day weekend, I’m reflecting on the brave men who, in 1776, stood up to authority of the King of England and declared their (our) independence, beginning to craft a new nation founded on principles of liberty and justice for all. Last week, our highest court ruled on a case that helped further… Continue Reading

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