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SAG-AFTRA’s Code Of Ethics Could Seriously Affect Management Businesses

On March 4, 2014, SAG-AFTRA enacted its Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct to “better promote an honest and ethical relationship” between the Union’s members – actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, broadcast journalists, stunt performers, puppeteers, voiceover artists and other media professionals – and their managers. By signing the Code, personal managers of SAG-AFTRA-affiliated

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Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey – Is This What’s to Come for New Public Domain Characters?

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey is a new R-rated horror film which centers around Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, but in an unexpected and shocking way.  Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey focuses on Winnie the Pooh and Piglet’s struggles after being abandoned by Christopher Robin.  These characters are forced to survive on their own, becoming increasingly distressed and

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Weighing Your Options: An Author’s Guide to Option Clauses

For authors, signing a literary agreement can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.  While authors may be thrilled to see their books in print, they need to ensure that they’re getting the best deal possible.  Literary agreements include many provisions that authors should pay particularly close to, including clauses that address copyright ownership, royalties and subsidiary

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What To Know Before Selecting a Title For Your TV Series

In the streaming era, more television shows are being produced and made available to the public than ever before.  In the last three years, there has been almost a 20% increase in unique program titles, so television producers must take significant care in naming their series to avoid overlap with the titles of existing series.

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What Authors Should Know About Agency Agreements

Navigating the literary world as a debut author can be a difficult and frustrating experience.  Many successful authors choose to hire a literary agent to help them through the publishing process.  Literary agents help authors by providing their industry knowledge and leveraging their connections to help sell an author’s book.  Before an agent will represent

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What Authors Should Know About Subsidiary Rights

The publishing industry is a complex business that includes many different aspects of content creation and distribution. Because of this complexity, publishing agreements contain many provisions that may not be familiar to authors such as morals clauses, options clauses and subsidiary rights.   One of the key revenue streams for the industry is the exploitation of

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Separating Fact From Fiction: Legal Considerations In Historical Dramas

According to the well-known saying, every story has already been told.  This is especially the case in historical dramas, which are retellings of true events that add fictionalized elements for dramatic effect.  In other words, historical dramas are a hybrid of fact and fiction.  Recently, a wave of historical dramas garnered awards nominations, including “The

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What Does It Mean That Justin Bieber Sold His “Catalog”?

It’s been widely reported recently that Justin Bieber, at the ripe old age of 28, has “sold his music catalog” for somewhere around $200 million to Hypgnosis Songs Capital.  Usually, these megadeals are reserved for “legacy” artists and within the past few years it seems like every songwriter and recording artist old enough to collect

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Should Musicians Register Their Trademarks?

You and your bandmates have been gigging for years and you’ve built up your fanbase.  You’re finally offered a coveted spot at a sold-out festival when you learn another band playing the festival has the same name as your band!  Unfortunately, this situation is all too common but luckily, it is also completely avoidable.  Whether

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Revenge Porn in New York: What is it and What to Do if You’re a Victim

In recent years, many people have been the victims of revenge porn. Revenge porn is not only intrusive, but it can destroy relationships, careers and lives.  Due to the destructive and harmful nature of revenge porn, most states (all but two) have enacted laws to provide victims with remedies and protection. What is Revenge Porn?

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