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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

Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

The FAA just released a public information piece on the regulation of unmanned aircraft – this would cover all the aerial vehicles used for aerial photography. Reprinted from this government website February 26–There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about unmanned aircraft system (UAS) regulations. Here are some common myths and the corresponding facts. Read MoreRead More

What are Moral Rights?

Entertainment attourney Christopher Schiller touches on the legal concept of moral rights and how they should play in your legal contracts. Moral Rights, Droit Moral, Non-Economic Rights, loaded phrases all. They are all referring to the internationally recognized set of rights whose main goal is to give purchase to the idea that a created work has some Read MoreRead More

Model Releases: What You Need to Know (With Samples)

Jeff Guyer covers the basics of model releases for photography – much of which translates into model releases for Commercial and Stock Motion Picture. What It Is and Why It’s Important. At its most basic, a model release is a contract. It is a written and signed agreement between you and the person you are Read MoreRead More

Fundraising Game-Changer: SEC Allows Filmmakers to Crowdsource Investors

This month may be a game changer for US-based independent film investing. In the past those looking to raise funds for their films could not advertise to the public. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) required them to only have individual meetings with potential investors one at a time. This of course was very time Read MoreRead More

What’s the Legality of Writing A Script Based on a News Story?

We’ve all seen a sensationalist news story and thought – that would make a great movie. What are the legalities? Entertainment lawyer Christopher Schiller discusses some of the basic legalities of “based on a true story” but as always with legal advice found online – to be sure, CONSULT AN ATTORNEY. First let’s start with Read MoreRead More

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