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The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle

The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Author: Joy R. Butler
Publisher: Sashay Communications
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 392
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0967294010
ISBN-13: 9780967294018

About the Book:

A Resource for Media Producers Who Don't Want To Be Sued

What Does It Mean to Clear Rights? As a media producer, clearing rights means making sure that no material in your production violates the rights of any other person. Rights an unwary producer might violate include copyright, trademark, right of publicity, right of privacy and defamation.

Who Needs to Clear Rights? All those who develop and distribute entertainment and media need to clear rights. They include authors, publishers, visual artists, musicians, TV producers, filmmakers, website owners, and software developers.

Is Rights Clearance Really Necessary? Yes, it is. If you fail to clear rights, you risk being sued and having the release of your project delayed or prohibited. Many distributors (e.g., networks, publishing companies, record labels) will not accept your work until they are satisfied you have cleared all rights.

What Rights Must Be Cleared? Whenever you incorporate another person's material into your production, you must obtain that person's permission or otherwise determine that the material is legally available for use. The material might be a song, a poem, an illustration, a film clip, a name, or some other item to which another owns the rights.

Proper Rights Clearance Is Not Always Obvious And that's where The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle can assist you. This 408-page media production resource:

• explains how to recognize and avoid rights clearance problems
• provides detailed instructions for clearing rights
• offers money-saving and risk-minimizing techniques for clearing rights
• lays out copyright, trademark, privacy, defamation, and other laws relevant to clearing rights
• includes over fifty pages of resources and sample forms

What people say:

"…a comprehensive, easy-to-use compendium of all the general knowledge you need to make the right choices in regards to the tricky subject of rights clearance." — Elizabeth Foley, Producer/Writer/Director

About the Author:

Joy R. Butler is an entertainment, intellectual property and business attorney who regularly assists producers with rights clearance projects. Her legal expertise includes copyrights, trademarks, commercial licensing, entertainment law, private equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions. A frequent speaker and writer on media and business issues, she has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. degree in economics from Harvard College. She is the author of The Cyber Citizen's Guide Through the Legal Jungle and The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle.

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