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Copyright Law

Can an Idea be Protected Under the Law?

The key principle in federal copyright law is the distinction between an 'idea' and its 'expression'. This law protects the expression of ideas, not the ideas themselves. For filmmakers, this means that while a general plot concept, like a romantic comedy set in New York or California, is not protected, the actual script with its unique dialogue, character development, and scene descriptions, is....

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How to get financing for your independent film: Insights from lawyer Ernest Goodman

Unfortunately, if your film is not produced by Netflix, they will bury it in their content library, and the same goes for Amazon. They do not actively market films unless they are Amazon or Netflix originals. There are distribution companies that can get your film on Netflix, but don’t count on making significant money. I’ve worked on many films, and sadly, Netflix is often where they go to die....

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The Crucial Role of a Certificate of Clearance in Film Financing: Insights from Lawyer Ernest Goodman

Financiers and distributors are pivotal in transforming screenplays into cinematic realities. However, their support comes with a caveat: a strict adherence to legal assurances. Without a certificate of clearance, these entities fear the legal repercussions of copyright infringement, which can lead to costly lawsuits and project derailments. Hence, they typically refrain from financing projects lacking this essential document....

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Tips for IP Portfolio Management

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An IP portfolio refers to the collection of intellectual property owned by an individual or a company, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. It serves as a strategic asset for the business, providing protection for the company's products, processes, and ideas. An IP portfolio can be used to deter potential competitors from infringing on the company's intellectual property rights and can also be leveraged to generate revenue through licensing agreements or other commercial transactions....

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