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Now fully and extensively revised, updated, and expanded, this well-written, legalese-free guide provides filmmakers with essential advice on almost every conceivable rights issue they might encounter: from the initial acquisition of material through the rights situations that arise in preproduction, production, postproduction, and final release. Armed with this book, filmmakers can protect themselves and their work from disastrous legal actions and save thousands of dollars in legal fees. CLEARANCE AND COPYRIGHT, the first book devoted to the clearance and copyright issues that affect the film and video community, is a must read for all filmmakers producers, directors, screenwriters whether they make features, shorts, documentaries, or music videos.
Michael C. Donaldson is a Los Angeles-based entertainment lawyer with over 25 years of experience in copyright and entertainment issues. He specializes in the representation of independent producers, and is general counsel to Independent Feature Project/West and the International Documentary Association. He is the author of THE E-Z LEGAL GUIDE TO TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS and co-author of NEGOTIATING FOR DUMMIES.