Month

June 2015
A few weeks ago in The Hollywood Lawyer blog, we examined a new Kentucky law aimed at increasing local film production (check it out: ““New Kentucky Bill to Attract Film [& Fried Chicken?] Production”). In this week’s edition of Film Fridays, we learn that the new incentive law has gone over just as well as...
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On this #throwbackthursday, we’re featuring the awesome music of Mexico-born and NY-raised, Paulyna Carraz, a prolific and successful singer/songwriter. She is a well-known artist in the Latin-American world of music and is currently working on a new album. Check out her discography here and be sure to listen to some of her beautiful songs, like “Cosas como tú.”  ...
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Ne-Yo is one of the most prolific song writers of the 2000’s but has little to show for it- songwriters make almost nothing, especially compared to the people who perform their songs. The hugely successful R&B singer, along with other musicians, recently lobbied in D.C. to change the laws for songwriters. Songwriting falls under musical composition...
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Parodies in Comedy In last week’s post, we discussed the law as it related to Fair Use and examined a common area where fair use applies–parodies in music.  Weird Al Yankovic became famous by creating parodies from popular music, but that’s not the only way that an artist can seek to play fair game.  Satiric...
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Copyright law in film, like that in music, is enormously complicated. Not only are major aspects of films like story and characters copyrighted, but the scenery and even sounds are subject as well. For example, the iconic LA landmark, the Hollywood sign, is copyrighted, so in order to use it in a film you need to get permission. You might even have...
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