Copyright Basics for Filmmakers

Copyright Basics for Filmmakers


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Third in our "Preservation for Filmmakers" series.

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This workshop will provide an overview of U.S. Copyright Law from the point of view of filmmakers of feature or documentary films interested in questions regarding the production, distribution and financing of films (or television programs). The workshop will cover topics including: ownership (work for hire/joint authorship), rights, licensing and enforcement of rights for filmmakers. It will also include a summary of fair use considerations, including for example, the use of materials incorporated into films, and the basics of licensing materials into feature or documentary films. Ample time will be set aside for Q&A from the workshop participants.

Eric J. Schwartz is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg Knupp LLP. He has over 30 years of experience as a copyright attorney providing counseling on U.S. and foreign copyright laws - including rights, licensing, exceptions, ownership and enforcement issues - for film, music, music publishing, book publishing, and entertainment and business software. He also provides production counsel and transactional advice for the financing, production and distribution of feature and documentary films. He was chief production counsel and received a producer credit for the Grammy and Emmy- nominated eight-part documentary series “Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music” which aired on PBS in 2016, and was Executive Produced by Sir George Martin. Eric is an expert on film and recorded music archival legal and preservation issues. He is Founding Director and Vice Chair of the National Film Preservation Foundation (since 1996), Pro Bono Counsel for the Library of Congress’ National Film Preservation Board (since 1988), and a Board Member on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board (since 2003). He has been an AMIA member for several decades. Prior to his work in private practice, Eric served as Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office (1994), Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to the Register of Copyrights (1988-1994).

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