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Lisa Callif Entertainment LawyerLet’s be honest — most of us are not savvy when it comes to entertainment law. In fact, it’s one of the areas of filmmaking that, although absolutely essential, can staunch the flames of creativity and bring an entire project to a standstill. However, entertainment attorney Lisa Callif answers some of the most pertinent development, production and distribution questions many of us are asking, offering insight into the world of film litigation as a lawyer whose focus is representing independent filmmakers. More »

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Midnight in Paris Woody Allen

Recently Sony Pictures took home a fair use win over a Faulkner quote in Woody Allen’s 2011 flick Midnight in Paris. There’s been a fair bit of chat about fair use recently, especially after Andy Baio’s unfortunate out-of-court settlement over an infringement which he possibly could have established as fair use, had he hired the army of lawyers and consultants that Sony Pictures used to spar with Faulkner, Inc. Still, Sony’s win is a small step forward in a much larger war, so let’s celebrate with a look at five court cases upholding our right to reference and remix others’ art in our own art. More »

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contractsIn the past 10 or so years, lots of businesses have sprung up to fill the need for people who want contracts and legal documents, but don’t want to spend the money on an expensive attorney. Many filmmakers have taken advantage of this, using these contracts to help with their productions, but there may be pitfalls to following this course. Entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark has some interesting information regarding using boilerplate contracts. Are those free contracts free for a reason? Have we really done all the due diligence on our films? More »