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Option Contracts in the Film Industry

Option Contracts in the Film Industry In the movie-making industry, many films originate from another source material or form of inspiration and, as such, intellectual property (IP) law will become involved. When a film is based on a book or screenplay or other creative piece that
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What Is A Performing Rights Society (ASCAP & BMI)?

Performing Rights Society Performing Rights Society (ASCAP & BMI) Performing Rights Societies (ASCAP & BMI) collect licensing fees from television, radio, restaurants, malls, concert halls, bars, night clubs, colleges, hotels, airplanes and others and pay those fees to writers and publishers of the
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Child Actor – California Law

Child Actor In California Given that minors (those under 18 years old) can also be a part of the entertainment industry, it proves worthwhile to summarize some of the protections they have in the industry, and how their work contracts recognize their age and
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Synchronization Rights in California

Synchronization Rights The entertainment industry, and more specifically the music industry, is made up of professionals using their creative skills and talents to put together a piece for the public. While creating films is just as complicated, the process for creating music
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Chain of Title

Chain of Title When creating a film, the creative process will involve many creators, owners, and source material. Therefore, one of the main concerns of those in the industry is to establish legitimate ownership or proprietary rights. To document these rights, a chain
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What Is Copyright Infringement?

What Is Copyright Infringement? Copyright infringement is referred to as violation of any of copyright owner’s exclusive rights without permission which falls within the definition of infringer under the Copyright Act 17 USC Section 501. In this article, we explore in some depth what
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What Is Preliminary Relief In CA?

What Is Preliminary Relief In CA? What Is Preliminary Relief In CA? Plaintiffs are often confronted with the dilemma of prolonged litigation vis-a-vis losing their business to trademark infringement, competition, etc. Preliminary relief in some instances, along with other litigation tactics, might help such plaintiffs. Preliminary
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What Are Gross Participation and Net Profits in Motion Pictures?

What Are Gross Participation and Net Profits in Motion Pictures_ (1) Some of the salient provisions in any contract including entertainment-related agreements concern money. In fact, the way various participants might or might not be paid based on their reasonable expectations is at the core of negotiations. “Gross Participation” and “Net
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What Does Motion Picture Packaging Encompass?

What Does Motion Picture Packaging Encompass (1) The first ingredient of film production entails amalgamation of the package. Hence, it behooves entertainment-industry participants to ascertain what packaging entails and how to best optimize it. Let us explore such salient topic further. OVERSIMPLIFIED  DEFINITION OF PACKAGING The definition
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Some BASICS of Film Production Contracts

Some BASICS of Film Production Contracts   Film production contracts encompass some “standard production guidelines” which producers must adhere to. Such standard production guidelines include but are not limited to: picture length adherence, budget adherence, screenplay adherence, rating adherence, cover shots adherence and end credits adherence,
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