Will You Get Sued if You Take a Picture of the Hollywood Sign?

YouTube presenter Tom Scott isn’t willing to chance a lawsuit, so he pixelated the famous Hollywood sign in this video of the classic LA landmark. But does he really have anything to fear? I reached out to Betsy Isroelit Press/News Contact for the Hollywood Sign for some thoughts. Clearly this would have fallen into the news category Read MoreRead More

FAA Misses Deadline for Creating Drone Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration failed to meet Wednesday’s deadline for creating national drone regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration failed to meet Wednesday’s deadline for creating national drone regulations. “Our main, overriding goal is safety,” an FAA spokesperson told NBC News, noting that final rules for drone flight should be in place “late next spring.” Back Read MoreRead More

“Happy Birthday” Copyright Ruled to Be Invalid

A judge grants summary judgment to a filmmaker challenging Warner/Chappell’s copyright to a song more than a century old. The world’s most popular English-language song is potentially free from copyright after a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that filmmakers challenging Warner/Chappell Music’s hold on “Happy Birthday to You” should be granted summary judgment. According to Read MoreRead More

A Legal Explanation of “Defamation” for Screenwriters

Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller explains what defamation is and the types of legal defenses used in defamation cases. Writers draw from life to make up stories. And I’m not just talking about bio-pics or stories ripped from the headlines. That quirky character in your latest script that has the same interesting quirk as your Uncle Ralph? That’s what Read MoreRead More

Revisiting the Case of the Wedding Photographer Threatened with a $300,000 Lawsuit

What happened to the case where an angry client sued the wedding photographer for $300,000? Robert Schenk takes a look at the case. A couple years ago, I read a story about a Washington wedding photographer that was threatened with a $300,000 lawsuit by an ex-client. The story then seemed to drop out of sight. Sometime Read MoreRead More

Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use

A handful of Hollywood studios have just been granted licenses to use drones for commercial purposes – the first move by the FAA to allow commercial unmanned aviation. What does this mean for the future of drones? LOS ANGELES — The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with Read MoreRead More

Legally Speaking, It Depends: Copyright in Court

New York Transactional entertainment attorney Christopher Schiller discusses what may happen if you should be involved in a copyright case that sees the inside of a courtroom. Specifics being key to every case, this effort will only lay out the big-picture elements of what it might be like to take a copyright claim to the Read MoreRead More

The Legal and Business Issues of Crowdfunding

Christopher Schiller covers some key aspects you must consider when looking to use Crowdfunding as your source of financing. Types of Crowdfunding: – Charity based (e.g. fund drives for public broadcasting) – The main goal of the funding is to support the charity. The product or gifts are an afterthought or extra and are not Read MoreRead More

Movie Industry Money Terms Explained

Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller dives into common money terms in filmmaking contracts and what they mean for screenwriters. Typically studios, producers or anyone else funding movies don’t work with piles of bills lying around in a vault, ready to fund movies. There are numerous schemes that are used to shift funds when needed into the Read MoreRead More

Legally Speaking, It Depends – Who Owns Script Notes?

You get notes on your script – perhaps it makes it better – but who owns the copyright on those notes? Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller tries to figure it out. As you’ve likely learned fscript notesrom reading my previous articles, starting to fathom out who “owns” the notes themselves should be straight forward. The note giver, Read MoreRead More

The Rise of Videogame Economies | Off Book

While players of multi-player games are aware of their in-game economies, their growth and complexity would surprise many outside the world of gaming. With hundreds of millions of players around the world, MMOGs’ in-game economies generate massive amounts of real dollars (i.e. MILLIONS), and real world economic theories can even be applied to these worlds. Read MoreRead More

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