Clearance & Copyright—now completely revised, updated, and expanded—is the industry standard guide to every conceivable rights issue that filmmakers and other content creators might encounter. From the initial acquisition of material through the rights issues that arise until final release, this legalese-free guide will help you protect yourself and your work from disastrous legal actions.
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Michael C. Donaldson is a Los Angeles-based entertainment lawyer with more than 50 years of experience in copyright and entertainment issues. He has been called “the Obi-Wan Kenobi of fair use” in the American Bar Association Journal.
Lisa A. Callif’s primary focus is on representing independent content creators from development through distribution. She also serves as general counsel to the nonprofit organizations Film Independent and Women in Film and represents multiple live theaters in Los Angeles. Among her many accolades, Lisa has been recognized by the Hollywood Reporter as a “Power Lawyer.”
Christopher L. Perez advises on all aspects of independent filmmaking, including development, financing, production, rights clearance, and distribution. He serves as Co-President on the board of directors for the International Documentary Association and was named one of “Hollywood’s new leaders” by Variety and an “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer.
“If you only buy one book to guide you through the various challenges facing you as a filmmaker, this is that book. It covers subjects that are simply not covered in any other publication.”
—Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent
“This book has never been more valuable and relevant. It is the bible for clearance professionals, creators, and distributors.”
—Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix
“Legal clearances are critical components of every film production. This book provides you with an unwavering confidence that your projects are comprehensively cleared for delivery.”
—Glen Zipper, Founder & CEO, Zipper Bros Films