The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productionsby Joy R. Butler
Pub. Date: 05/15/2007
Publisher: Sashay Communications, LLC
A resource for media producers who don'st want to be sued! Clearing rights means keeping material likely to spark legal action out of your production. Yet, knowing which materials may permissibly be used is a constant challenge. This book offers detailed guidance for seeking permission and clearing rights to use quotes, music, art, names, film clips, and other protected materials.
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Wow, Joy Butler has just made our lives easier. The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle is a user-friendly, detailed, wealth of knowledge for authors, producers and anyone who wants to use copyrighted material. I've written 4 books and had to wind my way through the jungle of permissions on my own, which was tedious and painful 'news flash, your publisher doesn't track that stuff down for you and YOU are legally responsible for any inapporpriate use of material your use in your books and productions.' Thank you Joy for making every book I write in the future a breeze with your book now on my shelf right next to my desk.
For all of those creative people in 'media production', and in author Joy Butler's words this includes 'film, video, television programs, newspapers, magazines, posters, comic books, paintings, CDs, websites, computer games, photographs, fine art, advertisements, and a host of other media through which people communicate and express themselves', this succinct, terse tome aptly titled 'THE PERMISSION SEEKER'S GUIDE THROUGH THE LEGAL JUNGLE: clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions' is a Bible, a veritable treasure trove of easy to find information for answers to even the most simple to the most complex questions as to what is legally correct. Butler is an entertainment attorney whose job it is to protect artists, both primary and secondary. Her book is gratefully written without the legalese that is usually found in less useful books on copyright law for beginners. And yet she is able to walk the reader through the steps to assure that 'ideas' are original, or how to incorporate other artists' work into a different format which in no way jeopardizes the reader/artist. Her examples are clear, her advice is clean and thorough, and her supply of resources and forms and systems to explore is as complete as any author's book on the market. Quite simply stated, this book is the artist's dream and diminishes the anxiety of both protecting the reader's work as well as protecting the 'resource of origination' (the artist who is being referenced. Now that Butler's book is available, one more book becomes as indispensable to the library as the Thesaurus, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Bartlett's Book of Quotations. An important resource book and an immensely readable one! Grady Harp