Clearing (and not worrying about) brands, artwork and monikers for your movie.
Link to a great legal resource for filmmakers concerned with portraying reality.
How to deal when your situations and characters are based on real incidents and people.
Legal and moral issues arise when taking someone else’s story, even just pieces of it.
Link to a great book to ease your fears of getting permissions to copyrighted material.
Options; defined and explained.
Using unlicensed material can be okay at the festival level. The trouble comes when you make money off of it.
What is the average option price short stories are optioned for? Just to get an estimate of what I should be offering/accepting. Where else can I do research about these confidential matters?
If there’s a book you can’t afford to option yourself, it’s worth trying to get someone to option it for you.
Having the rights shouldn’t necessarily be your first concern.
Dead people are fair game, for the most part.
How to track down rights after someone passes on.
Navigating the differences between public domain and intellectual property.
Let lawyers handle the law. You have plenty to worry about as a mere screenwriter.
Got an idea but no writing chops? Here’s some options for getting a writer on board.
Copyright almost certainly rests with the songwriters, so start there.
If you feel like writing a remake be prepared to approach the original studio first. Know that, If they don’t want to make it, and no one else is willing to buy the rights from them, you’re screwed.
How much needs to change to make re-registering your script worthwhile?
Only written, detailed ideas can be registered and protected.
There’s a long tradition of movies parodying each other, and it would be hard to prove any actual damage or wrongdoing.
Every studio has somebody who handles exactly these kind of rights.
Thoughts on writing a biopic.
At a certain point, some jokes circulate out in the popular culture enough that I would argue they’re essentially public domain.
How much is my book worth? Should I option or sell?
The consequences for trampling someone else’s copyright are not that dire. Since you’re a student, and probably broke, it’s not like 20th Century Fox is going to sue you for your life’s savings.