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Asked & Answered – Can I use another film’s title or scenes in my screenplay?

Asked & Answered – Can I use another film’s title or scenes in my screenplay?

Q: Cat asks whether it's practical to mention other films' titles, and to quote dialogue or include a clip of a scene from another movie in her screenplay, or will it deter producers from getting interested in her project.

A: My answer in the video below:

 

 

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Asked & Answered: should I register multiple copyrights together!.

Asked & Answered: should I register multiple copyrights together!.

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Angel asks about registering his multiple copyrights under a single folio of works.

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The short answer is yes, it's often possible to register multiple works together as a folio. But, it's not always a very good idea.

Some recent court rulings seem to suggest that when multiple works within a folio are infringed, the plaintiff may only recover one award of damages. Also, if it work isn't registered within three months of its original publication, The plaintiff will not be entitled to recover attorneys fees, nor collect statutory damages. So, registering your works as a group could really be shooting oneself in the foot.

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…

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Gordon Firemark

Website: https://firemark.com http://theatrelawyer.com,

Twitter: @gfiremark

Tamera Bennett

Website: http://createprotect.com

Twitter: @tamerabennett

 

 

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast, Episode 33 – Cease and Desist, but nicely

      Call us with your feedback:(310) 243-6231 In this Episode: J. Geils Band Trademark Dispute Two Three’s Companys is a crowd Copyright Royalty Board unconsitutional Jack Daniels sends the sweetest cease and desist ever and more… Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online.… Continue Reading

What you absolutely must know before you approach investors for your film / play / musical.

I am often consulted by film and stage producers who tell me they’re ready to start work on raising the financing for their films/ plays/ musicals, or what-have-you, but often as not,  as we get to work, it becomes clear that they’re not as ready as they think. Before going out to investors, it’s important to… Continue Reading

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