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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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Grandmaster Flash is synonymous with the birth of hip hop music in the 80’s, with songs like “The Message” and it’s famous lyrics, “Don’t push me ’cause I’m close to the edge/I’m trying not to lose my head.” However, the music of Grandmaster Flash was not created by the DJ alone- it was a group effort,...
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In last week’s blog post, we discussed derivative works and sampling along with the limitations associated with such.  As you may recall, the general rule to have your work protected by copyright is that your work as an artist must contain a level of originality apart from the original work.  If this is the case,...
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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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