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Help! A Producer Gave Me A Submission Release For My Script. Should I Sign It?

By June 27, 2014 Posted in Copyright

For many screenwriters, the hardest thing about getting started is finding an agent to rep them.  Until that lucky day occurs, they are forced to try to make their own submissions to producers and production companies.  However, for writers not represented by agents, the producer will often require the writer […]

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I’m a guest on the Nerdist Writer’s Panel Podcast

By June 3, 2014 Posted in Copyright

I’m a guest on the Nerdist Writer’s Panel Podcast I was a guest on the latest episode of the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast along with David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights) and Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour).  It was a really great episode with lots of good advice for aspiring (and […]

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By April 18, 2014 Posted in Copyright

I recently received a phone call from a new client.  He had just finished a new screenplay and was worried that someone would release a movie with the same title before he did.  So he wanted me to try to trademark the film’s title so no one else could use […]

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The “Frozen” Trailer Lawsuit Shows The Importance Of Copyright Registration

By March 31, 2014 Posted in Copyright

Today, the Hollywood Report ran a story about a copyright lawsuit involving the movie Frozen. Only the plaintiff was not suing regarding the film.  The suit, filed by aspiring animator Kelly Wilson, alleges that the teaser trailer for Frozen was appropriated from her short animated film titled The Snowman. The […]

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