Month

May 2015
We’ve talked before about changes in film production laws, some that encourage productions to stay local to California and some that are pushing them out. In recent years, laws that affect pornographic films have mostly fallen under the latter- with stricter and stricter guidelines, many local productions have chosen to head out of state. Porn...
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We’ve all heard the phrase, “Steal from the best, but make it your own.”  But what exactly does this mean in copyright law?  Recording artists sample work from previous recordings, painters recreate photographs, books are adapted into film.  Much of what we see today with regards to creative works, we’ve seen or heard before in...
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This week, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday, we forgo a “Music Monday” for a “Tunesday Tuesday”- this time, looking at how one music service is taking legal music offerings to a new level. Spotify, the Swedish-based music streaming app, recently announced that it will be adding a video component as well, along with...
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The new BBC film “Game Changer,” based on the true life legal struggle of “Grand Theft Auto”, has created its own legal battle. Rockstar Games, the company that produced the incredibly popular video game, is suing BBC for copyright infringement, as the film is based on the game but has allegedly not involved the company in its...
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Members of the film industry in Spain are definitely in a T.G.I.F kind of mood today- the Spanish government agreed to restructure existing film subsidy models to allow filmmakers to know how much money they will be receiving BEFORE production begins. It may seem obvious to need a clear idea of budget before filming, but the current system had...
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