Monthly Archives: February 2012

Basic Copyright Law: What is a fair use?

A fair use is any copying of copyrighted material for a limited and “transformative” purpose such as to comment upon, criticize or parody a copyrighted work.  This type of use is allowed without permission from the copyright owner. If your use qualifies under the definition above, then your use would not be considered an illegal […]

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Harry Potter Plagiarism Case

A British judge has allowed a lawsuit to go forward that alleges that J.K. Rowling plagiarized “Harry Potter” from the author of an obscure fantasy book, “Willy the Wizard.” However, the judge described the plaintiff’s chances of success as “improbable” and ordered them to post cash security before future hearings are held.  

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Why producers form a special entity?

Many filmmakers have multiple libraries as part of their company asserts.  What happens when they get financing for a new project is that the entire assets of their company could be subject to creditors’ reach in the event of insolvency.  By forming a special purpose entity, many advantages are presented. For one thing, with only […]

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