Legal Issues Workshop Spring 2010 Legal Considerations Overview Ownership Copyright Issues (& Licensing) Contracts Releases Clearances Ownership Script Work-for-Hire Original
Story Rights Copyright vs. WGA Registration www.wga.org Copyright Issues Music Original
Licensed Sync Rights to sync the music to pix Performance Rights to show the piece to an audience Master Recording License to use a recording Mechanical copies
Rights to reproduce & sell Finding Copyrighted Music www.ascap.co m www.bmi.com Copyright Issues Fair Use Purpose of the use (commerical or private) Nature of the work Amount of the portion you use Effect of the use on the value of the original
Trademark Public Domain Public Domain Before 1923 is in PD 1923 to 1950 PD may not be
Unless original term expired before 1978 & was not renewed. After 1950 not in PD Contracts Independent Contractors
Assignment of Rights (script) Assignment of Rights (music) Film Permits Theatrical Permits Stock Footage Contracts
Creative Works Rights Policy All Regent University students, staff and faculty agree that all right, title and interest in all medium now known or later discovered, throughout the world are automatically assigned and transferred to Regent University. This includes, but is not limited to, the copyright in and to any Project. Rights License Form to revert rights back to the student Releases
Script Release Assignment of Rights Talent Release Crowd Releases Location Releases Product Placement Clearances Title of Project: Executive Producer: Phone: E-mail:
Todays Date: Student Producer: Phone: Email: Type of Project: (class, Adv. Motion Picture, Multi-cam) Screenwriter: Phone: E-mail: Intended Distribution: Contact Info: Locale of Story: Time of Story:
Clearances Cast names that have first and last names Business names Product names Organization names Fine artwork Photographs
Book covers Magazine covers Newspapers Wallpaper Clearances Bedding Posters
Copyrighted material Trademarked material Stock footage Film Clips Television Clips Portrayals of any well-known personalities or government officers Derogatory references Telephone numbers Clearances Other Considerations Is this story fictional or based on fact or based on another source (book, etc.)
If the story is based on actual events, you need to research the following source material: Newspaper reports, books, articles, court transcripts, interviews with witnesses, etc. as applicable. Public Domain . Date of Work Term 1978 and after
Life + 70 years Before 1923 None Published 1923-63 28 years w/ 67 year renewal If not renewed, public domain Published 1964-77 28 years + 67 years Created but not Life + 70 years or
published before 1978 12-31-02 whichever is greater Created before 1978 Life + 70 years or published between 12-31-2047, whichever is greater. 1978 and 12-31-2002
Text Structure The author's method of organizing a text Informational Text It is nonfiction, written primarily to convey factual information. (e.g., textbooks, newspapers, reports, directions, brochures Expository Text Text written to explain and convey information about a specific topic.
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