Legal Archive

Crowdfunding & Taxes: Kickstarter’s Hidden Bite (& How to Stop the Bleeding)

After months of busting your hump making pitch videos, coming up with rewards, and

Telling the Truth Without Paying For It

Adapting a true story for film can be tricky. On the one hand, reality

Tips for Navigating Digital Distribution

1.  CARVE OUT DIY DIGITAL: Distributors and Foreign Sales companies alike often want ALL

Visual Effects Artists to Protest Obama’s DreamWorks Animation Visit

‘Green Shirt’ rally to call attention to outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries As

How Piracy Affects What You See on Netflix

Media piracy has been a thorny issue ever since the turn of the century.

Harlem Shake: Baauer cashes in on viral video’s massive YouTube success

February’s viral hit Harlem Shake relies, in time-honored viral style, on silly dancing and catchy beats.


Hardly a day ever passes that Tom and I are not besieged with phone

Independent Contractor Or Employee

Over the past few months, I have had several conversations with clients about whether

How Amazon Studios is Trying to Get Free Options to Privately Submitted Screenplays

Many aspiring screenwriters want Amazon Studios to be the key to being discovered — a company

Chris Dodd Rewrites Hollywood’s History To Pretend That It Came About Because Of IP Laws

Ah, Chris Dodd. Can you open your mouth without saying something ridiculously misleading? Sometimes,

Why Netflix’s Facebook app would be illegal

Several big-name brands have Facebook apps that instantly blast out users’ activity — the

Music and the Short Film

Although many moviemakers acknowledge the importance of music to the emotional impact of a

Book Review: The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers

I’m sorry that it took me so long to pick up my review copy

How to Buy Video Production Insurance

Insuring Your Video Production Business When producers think of insurance they often think of

Smile, You’re On Everyone’s Camera

Ubiquitious facial-recognition software is coming. By Farhad Manjoo According to the Wall Street Journal,

Download YouTube Videos Legally

If you have any questions regarding the legality of downloading and using YouTube videos

F*ck you. Pay Me.

A great video with some great advice about how not to get screwed over

Copyright Registration Checklist

Mr. Litwak has a great checklist for everyone check it out. You can now

Can you film U.S. Currency?

It’s an interesting question… which at first seemed somewhat problematic- however our government not

You Tube Legal Stuff

A nice article about how to stay in control of your youtube content… (thanks

Fight for the studios? maybe?

I won’t go into the details but here is a link to an interesting

No money- no writing!

So a buddy of mine has a great idea for a television show, film,

Work for hire

Works made for hire… what’s that? The works made for hire doctrine allows an

Netflix Streaming is big and getting bigger

Just recently Netflix announced new pricing for their users and in that new pricing

Section 181 compiled off the net

I once had a dream to be a tax lawyer. God how sad you