Media Law for Producers

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Taylor & Francis, 2003 - Law - 399 pages
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Media Law for Producers is a comprehensive handbook that explains, in lay terms, the myriad legal issues that the producer will face on a regular basis - contracts, permits, defamation, patents, releases and insurance, libel, royalties and residuals, as well as protecting the finished production. This revised and expanded edition includes such Internet-related topics as Internet music law, online registration, and online privacy. Other new topics covered include:

Implied and express contracts in the project/idea submission process
Assignment/transfer of copyright
Music clip licensing
Use of other people's trademarks in media production
Parody as a defense to copyright infringement

Clear explanations examine the how and why of different types of production contracts, and checklists provide a quick means for producers to determine when their productions might be at greatest risk to legal challenges. Media Law for Producers also examines the substantial changes in copyright term resulting from recent copyright legislation.

Legal problems can be very costly to media producers. Lawyers and court fees, coupled with the loss of work time, can lead to bankruptcy. Media Law for Producers cuts through the legalese and illustrates legal issues to help producers recognize the legal questions that can arise during production.

*A useful, practical guide for the active producer

*Completely revised and updated to include a new chapter on Interactive Media

*Contains new sample contracts and forms

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An Overview
Contracts and the Media Production Process
Sample Media Production Contracts
Copyright Concerns During Media Production
Permits Releases Libel and Production Insurance
Special Concerns Surrounding the Use of Music in Media Productions
7 Working with Guilds and Unions
Legal Issues Related to Interactive Productions
Protecting Your Finished Production
Appendix A State and Provincial Film and Television Offices
Appendix B Resources for Commissioning or Licensing Music
Appendix C Guilds Unions and Associations

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About the author (2003)

Philip Miller has spent the last 38 years in business. He is Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer of NLP, specializing in running training courses on the use of NLP in business. He is the Visiting Fellow of Small Business Development at Cranfield University School of Management in England.

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