Multimedia Law and Business Handbook / Edition 1

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The comprehensive practical guide to the legal issues in developing, publishing, and protecting your multimedia products. Attorneys Dianne Brinson and Mark Radcliffe and their co-authors will help you understand multimedia business issues (such as budgeting a multimedia project and writing for multimedia). They will help you avoid the legal problems that arise in multimedia development and distribution. This book is a comprehensive guide to how the law is applied to multimedia. It includes numerous examples and checklists to help you understand how these laws are applied to actual situations. This book is an essential reference for independent developers, corporate trainers, video producers, educators, advertisers, publishers and attorneys in this new and complex field.
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Editorial Reviews

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Because of tremendous growth in the interactive multimedia industry and significant changes in the law, attorneys Brinson and Radcliffe have revised and greatly enlarged their Multimedia Law Handbook (Ladera Pr., 1994) with this new title. It is designed to help nonlawyers understand and deal with legal and business issues involved in creating and distributing multimedia products. The book contains 24 chapters covering such topics as laws affecting copyright, trademarks, contracts, and sales; development, distribution, and licensing agreements; dealing with independent contractors, employees, and unions; writing for multimedia; using music; negotiating with publishers and distributors; protecting intellectual property rights; and educational issues. Numerous examples and checklists to help the reader understand how the law is applied to actual situations are provided. Also supplied within the margins are helpful cross references to related sections of the book. About a quarter of this handbook consists of appendixes; the copyright law and forms; 22 sample contracts (also included on disc); lists of multimedia associations, agencies, and unions; and a glossary. This comprehensive, clearly written handbook offers sound, practical advice to multimedia developers and publishers. Recommended for business collections.Leonard Grundt, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Legal eagle authors Brinson and Radcliffe offer a "preventative" guide to cyber law intended to help multimedia developers avoid lawsuits by outlining the basic legal principles involved in producing and distributing products. The manual introduces basic legal principles such as copyright, trademark, contracts and agreements through every phase of operation from writing a title to complying with union rules. The accompanying disk contains 22 sample contracts for multimedia, and the appendices feature listings of providers, clearance firms, and resources. Lacks a bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963917324
  • Publisher: Ladera Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
1 The U.S. Legal System 3
2 Copyright Law 11
3 Patent, Trademark, and Trade Secret Law 19
4 Ownership of Copyrights 29
5 Contracts Law 39
6 Development Agreements 51
7 Employees 63
8 Contractors and Consultants 71
9 Creating a Multimedia Title for a Publisher 81
10 Writing for Multimedia 93
11 Using Preexisting Works 107
12 Clearing Rights and Obtaining Licenses 121
13 Licensing Content: Industry by Industry 141
14 Using Music 159
15 The Laws of Publicity, Privacy, and Libel 177
16 Union Issues 185
17 Choosing a Name for Your Product 197
18 Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights 209
19 Sales Law 221
20 Distribution Agreements 233
21 Publishers' Concerns 253
22 The Business of Multimedia 263
23 On-line Issues 273
24 Educational and Distance Learning Issues 299
App. A The Copyright Act of 1976, Selected Provisions 325
App. B Form Contracts 341
App. C Rights Clearance Agencies, Search Firms, and Licensing Agents 435
App. D Stock Houses and Other Content Sources 439
App. E Multimedia Organizations 443
App. F Unions, Guilds, and Trade Associations 445
App. G Copyright Forms 447
Glossary 455
Index 461
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