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Film remains a director’s medium, considering that the director will always give shape and vision to the writer’s words. Further, the director is frequently involved in the creation of the script, so that his or her vision may be more readily realized. The cost of first-time independent films is going down, as smartphones may be used to create all the footage. As the ability to tell a story in short form becomes more readily accepted, the director’s influence may be more important than the financier’s or the other talent.
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By Maxwell Briskman Stanfield
Property owners granting production companies access to their properties seems like a no-brainer — who wouldn’t want their property featured in that next big blockbuster movie or hit television series? However, when filming occurs on private property, a location agreement is a must, from the perspectives of both the production company and the property owner.
By Stan Soocher
Among other things, the article discusses the Swedish music industry perspective on the European Union’s Copyright Directive, the growth of multi-country music licensing hubs and the impact of Brexit.
By Michael S. Poster
A lawsuit involving the Public Broadcasting Service and former TV host Tavis Smiley has created the kind of drama that would make the cast of Downton Abbey blush. This is because the litigation centers on an alleged breach of the “morals clause” included in the agreement that gave rise to the Tavis Smiley talk show.
By Robert J. Bernstein and Robert W. Clarida
A necessary element of secondary liability claims is an underlying infringement of U.S. copyright law by a third party. If the activities abroad are not subject to the law, the predicate direct infringement required for the imposition of secondary liability cannot be established.