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What is Work for Hire?

When you hire someone to create a video, website, article, etc. for you, you may assume that once you pay for the work, you now own it and may do with it as you like. Well, not so fast. Your rights depend on whether you have a work for hire agreement or something else. AlsoContinue reading “What is Work for Hire?”

You Can Negotiate Intellectual Property Rights

Did you know that you can negotiate intellectual property rights with your clients or contractors? Many people assume intellectual property, or IP, rights are binary — either one party holds them or the other does. They may feel backed up against a wall when they read a contract with provisions about work-for-hire, exclusivity, “perpetual throughout theContinue reading “You Can Negotiate Intellectual Property Rights”

Life Rights: Should You or Shouldn’t You Seek Them?

It’s a tricky question for independent filmmakers. Asking for forgiveness could be better than asking for permission. Here’s some guidance on which way to go. So you work in the film industry and you come across a person’s real-life story that simply beckons your creative energies. Indeed, this person’s life is absolutely calling you. YouContinue reading “Life Rights: Should You or Shouldn’t You Seek Them?”

A Primer on Covering Songs

As any creative artist knows, few works of art are born of wholly new cloth. Not to get too philosophical, but most creative works are derivative of something that has been seen or heard before. The creative talent takes what he or she has learned and builds upon this base knowledge to bring forth somethingContinue reading “A Primer on Covering Songs”

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