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Clearance Copyright [Paperback]

Michael Donaldson
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Sept. 30 2003
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.

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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.

About the Author

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Indy Filmmakers Feb. 10 2004
Format:Paperback
If you are serious about making films and in particular documentaries, this is a great book and valuable resource. I can't count the number of times I've consulted it.
It clears up a great deal of the myths surrounding 'fair use' and 'pubic domain'. Many filmmakers wrongly consider a wide variety of things as 'fair use' or 'public domain' and would be well advised to read this book before rolling a frame of film or video on anything bigger than a home movie.
It covers privacy rights, music rights (yes, you must pay/clear ALL music that you use except under the most rarest of circumstances. Even a couple of notes from a popular song could result in an expensive injunction against your film.), clearances and issues related to copyright.
The 20 buck you'll spend on this book will save you thousands in legal fees down the road when it comes time to actually show your film outside of your house, be it a film festival, TV distribution, or theatrically. The mistakes you avoid could well mean the difference between acquiring E&O insurance and having your film sit on the shelf due to clearance problems.
The writing is simple and straight forward and is an easy read for those who might shy away from books on legal issues. While not as in-depth as a Westlaw book or other scholarly legal tome, it provides relevant citations to important cases. It assumes the reader is intelligent but not trained in law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Indy Filmmakers Feb. 10 2004
By Phillip Glau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are serious about making films and in particular documentaries, this is a great book and valuable resource. I can't count the number of times I've consulted it.
It clears up a great deal of the myths surrounding 'fair use' and 'pubic domain'. Many filmmakers wrongly consider a wide variety of things as 'fair use' or 'public domain' and would be well advised to read this book before rolling a frame of film or video on anything bigger than a home movie.
It covers privacy rights, music rights (yes, you must pay/clear ALL music that you use except under the most rarest of circumstances. Even a couple of notes from a popular song could result in an expensive injunction against your film.), clearances and issues related to copyright.
The 20 buck you'll spend on this book will save you thousands in legal fees down the road when it comes time to actually show your film outside of your house, be it a film festival, TV distribution, or theatrically. The mistakes you avoid could well mean the difference between acquiring E&O insurance and having your film sit on the shelf due to clearance problems.
The writing is simple and straight forward and is an easy read for those who might shy away from books on legal issues. While not as in-depth as a Westlaw book or other scholarly legal tome, it provides relevant citations to important cases. It assumes the reader is intelligent but not trained in law.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource for film makers June 29 2007
By Galatia Films - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book gets constant use in my library. As a documentary film maker and owner of a production company, Donaldson's sound advice gives us security knowing that we have completed the proper steps to secure our rights and the rights for "borrowed" film clips used within our documentaries.

It is written in clear everyday language so no need to fear the legal-ease. Clearance and Copyright is an invaluable resource for production companies and film makers alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indie Filmmakers need this for their libraries July 22 2009
By Coolbert - Published on Amazon.com
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As an Independent Filmmaker, this was one of the first books I purchased when I was starting out. Invaluable is an understatement. Basic Templates are given for most of the basic forms needed. Clear explanantion of copyright, trademark, music, hiring, etc is given. I've found that you never know enough on any of those subjects and this book is an excellent starting point. If I can understand it, anybody can. Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value,Great book Feb. 6 2014
By Lawrence Fish - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written and full of advice for any Indy filmmaker. I learned many things, and will definitely have a positive outcome on my current project.
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael C. Donaldson is the Expert Dec 3 2008
By George F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a filmmaker who appreciates good information and in this business information is key. The layout of the book is great with clear chapter titles making it very easy navigate to exactly what you need. This is the kind of book that can save you alot of time, money and headache in the long-run. Very well written, Donaldson is the ideal teacher for those of us unfamiliar with entertainment law. If you are an independent film producer this is a MUST HAVE resource.
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