Copyrights and Music and Film, Oh My!
Are you interested in how the music and film industries operate? Do you wish you had a more thorough understanding of copyright law and how it impacts intellectual property issues in film or publishing? Does the price of a movie ticket leave you wondering how profits are earned and divided? And how does a song go from a writer's creation to a digital product on sale for $.99? Get answers to these questions and more at this fast-paced seminar that looks at the inside workings of the entertainment industry. Register today!
- Gain an inside look into the complicated and mostly hidden music industry.
- Understand how a film goes from production to market and ultimately becomes a box-office hit or flop.
- Know the specific contracts and agreements that must be signed to prevent litigation and copyright infringement claims.
- Review the basics of copyright law and its application to the entertainment industry, which has some of the most complex uses and requirements.
- Confidently draft or review literary acquisition agreements so rights are accurately purchased and sold in the best interest of all parties.
- Understand what provisions in acting contracts are most important and difficult to negotiate, and agree upon.
- Walk through a sample film financing transaction and understand the fund raising requirements under the Securities Exchange Commission.
- Recognize the types of claims entertainment insurance can cover and understand how and why it's so complicated to obtain insurance that protects entertainment-related projects.
- Learn from colleagues and experienced faculty during the Q&A discussion while asking and listening to questions and concerns.
- Film Industry Basics
9:00 - 10:00, Kelly L. Frey
- Theatrical Market
- Secondary Markets
- Home Video
- Pay Television
- Free Television
- Ancillary Markets and Allied Rights
- Publishing: “Novelizations” and Screenplays
- Music: Soundtracks and Albums
- Music Industry Basics
10:00 - 11:00, Amy J. Everhart
- Copyrights: Sound Recording and Musical Composition
- Recording Music
- Producer and Artist Agreements (royalties and advances)
- Compulsory Mechanical Licenses
- Mixer/Engineer Agreements
- Records and Downloads
- Promotional Videos
- Master Use Licenses
- Music Publishing
- Composer/Songwriter Agreements
- Foreign Sub-publishing, Co-publishing and Administration Deals
- Mechanical Royalties
- Controlled Composition Clauses
- Digital Downloads
- Public-Performance Royalties
- Sync Licenses
- 360 Deals
- Recording Services, Term, Commitment, Procedure, Costs
- Grant of Rights
- Touring and Marketing
- Copyright Law Considerations
11:15 - 12:00, Amy J. Everhart
- 1909 Copyright Act
- Copyright Term Extension Act
- Work Made for Hire vs. Copyright Assignments
- Withheld, Reverted or Reserved Rights
- Certain Territories?
- Certain Media?
- Separated Rights?
- When was the Underlying Literary Property Written and Published?
- Who is the Author
- When did the Author Die?
- When was the Grant Made?
- Literary Purchase Agreement Provisions
1:00 - 1:45, Norman B. Gillis
- Purchase Price
- Theatrical Release Bonus
- Net Proceeds
- Passive Payment (including: prequels, sequels, remakes, and television series)
- Granted Rights
- Reserved Rights
- Joint Controls/Approvals
- Use of Names, Likenesses, etc.
- No Obligation to Proceed
- Warranties, Indemnifications, Remedies, Release
- Acting Agreement Provisions
1:45 - 2:30, Kelly L. Frey
- Fixed Compensation
- Contingent Compensation
- Credit: On Screen and Paid Advertising
- Approvals and Controls
- Actor Approval of Script or Co-Star
- Specific Uses of Names or Likeness
- Financing or Distribution
- Promotional and Publicity
- Press Junkets
- Talk Shows
- No Obligation to Use, Re-Use
- Endorsement Restrictions
- Work Limits
- Union/Guild Concerns
- Dispute Resolution Tactics
- Legal Compliance in Fund Raising and Securities Law
2:45 - 3:15, Kelly L. Frey
- Limited Offering Memorandum
- Walk Through of Sample Financing Transaction
- Tax Incentives
- Insurability of Entertainment Risks
3:15 - 4:00, Norman B. Gillis
- Errors and Omissions
- Cast Insurance
- Production Package
- Completion Bond
- General Liability Advertising Injury
- Q&A Discussion
4:00 - 4:30, All Faculty