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Do I Have To Wait Until I Get My Copyright Certificate Before Sending Out My Script?

By March 15, 2019 Posted in Copyright

You may have heard that last week the Supreme Court ruled that in order to file a lawsuit for copyright infringement, the copyright owner must first receive the copyright registration certificate (or receive a rejection notice from the Copyright Office).  As a result, people have asked me, “Larry, does that […]

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Things You Must Do When You Get An Entertainment Contract (Besides Give It To Your Lawyer)

By February 19, 2019 Posted in Copyright

Congratulations!  You have been given an entertainment contract.  Whether, it’s because a producer is optioning your new script, a record company has given you a 7-album deal, or a network is signing you up for a pilot (and six seasons of a series if the pilot is picked up), you […]

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DO I NEED TO GET LIFE RIGHTS IF I’M MAKING A MOVIE ABOUT A DEAD PERSON? LESSONS FROM GREEN BOOK

By January 16, 2019 Posted in Copyright

The hit movie Green Book is the feel-good movie of the season.  Winner of three Golden Globe Awards last week, including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay, the movie tells the supposedly “true” story of the friendship between the great African-American pianist Dr. Donald Shirley and the white […]

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Why Allowing The 2 Milly & Alfonso Ribeiro Lawsuits Against Fortnite To Proceed Would Be Horrible For Dance

By December 21, 2018 Posted in Copyright

By now, you’ve probably heard the news.  Epic Games, producer of the wildly popular Fortnite game, has been sued by at least three different people, for copyright infringement and right of publicity violations.  Fortnite, which is a free shooter game, makes money by allowing players to buy skins, outfits and […]

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