Clearance and Copyright: Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know

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This well-written, legalese-free guide provides filmmakers with essential advice on almost every conceivable rights issues they might encounter - from the initial acquisition of material through the situations encountered in preproduction, production, postproduction, and final release. Armed with this book, filmmakers can protect themselves and their work from disastrous legal actions and save thousands of dollars in legal fees.
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Overview

This well-written, legalese-free guide provides filmmakers with essential advice on almost every conceivable rights issues they might encounter - from the initial acquisition of material through the situations encountered in preproduction, production, postproduction, and final release. Armed with this book, filmmakers can protect themselves and their work from disastrous legal actions and save thousands of dollars in legal fees.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879505308
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Gathering the Rights 1
1 Copyright and Ideas 3
2 Acquiring the Rights to Someone Else's Idea 12
3 Public Domain 28
4 Personal Rights 40
Pt. II Contracting with the Writer 55
5 Work for Hire: Hiring a Scriptwriter 57
6 Buying Someone Else's Completed Script 80
7 Provisions Common to Most Agreements 97
Pt. III Development and Preproduction 109
8 Registering Copyright of the Script 111
9 Chain of Title 127
10 Others Who May Have Rights in Your Film 138
11 Title Clearance 146
12 E&O Insurance 155
Pt. IV Principal Photography and Post Production 169
13 All the Things that the Camera Sees 173
14 Hiring a Composer to Write Original Music 197
15 Clearing All the Music in Your Film 203
16 Parody 222
17 Clearing Film Clips 227
Pt. V Your Film is Complete 237
18 Registering Copyright for Your Completed Film 239
19 Copyright Infringement 250
20 Legal Referral Services 259
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