Paperwork & Money

How Facebook is Stealing Billions of Views

Facebook just announced 8 billion video views per day. This number is made out of lies, cheating and worst of all: theft. All of this is wildly known but the media giant Facebook is pretending everything is fine, while damaging independent creators in the process. How does this work? The “Smarter Everyday” video mentioned:Read More

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

“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

How Studio Movie Posters are Created

Alex Griendling explains the process of how movie posters get made any why the system may be stifling creativity. Movie posters catch a lot of flak from the design community and the public at large. Without knowing the creative constraints, legal stipulations and work environments the posters are created in, it’s easy to pass judgment on Read MoreRead More

The Most Profitable 2015 Oscar Movies

American Sniper may have brought in the most money at the box office, but its not the most profitable in terms of return on investment… This year’s Oscar contenders are a mix of big studio films and smaller indie ones with production budgets ranging from as high as $165 million (Interstellar) to a meager $4 million (Boyhood). To Read MoreRead More

Achieve an Efficient Production by Becoming Proficient at Pre-Production

Bobby Marko explains how better preparation will lead to better on set execution. Problems always occur in video and film production. It’s the nature of the work we do. There are always outside forces beyond our control and no matter what we do to prepare for them, we are always faced with a problem to Read MoreRead More

How Do You Determine A Fair Price For Licensing Your Videos And Photos?

Mike Wilkinson looks at how to determine the cost of licensing your footage.   The factors I came up with for determining a licensing fee included any or all of the following; a) who the company or individual is (fortune 500, independent producer, NPO, small business, etc) b) the reach of the media (one small photo Read MoreRead More

The Potato Salad Kickstarter is Better Than Your Crowdfunding Campaign

Exploding on the social media today is news about a Kickstarter campaign to make Potato Salad that is reaching the upper limits of 5 digits while countless other passion projects go unfunded. Why is that? Perhaps because your Kickstarter campaign sucks. An individual recently Kickstarted a batch of potato salad and asked for $10 to 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

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