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The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions
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Because the book is formatted like a law school text or legal practice manual, I was afraid it might be written in the dry, prolix style of law school textbooks. It isn't. It is written in plain, colloquial English, and the concepts are explained in lucid fashion. Another helpful feature is the generous cross-referencing done in the text. Because the author presupposes that you are probably going to use the detailed table of contents to go directly to your area of interest without reading the book cover-to-cover, whenever she uses a term or mentions a concept that you might not understand, she cross-references you to the section where it is discussed in detail. She also includes an appendix of forms for use in conjunction with your quest for permission to use (and use of) copyrighted materials.
I have read a number of books on copyright, getting permission, and the public domain, but I have not found one as user-friendly or as enjoyable to read as this one.
The author's analysis and checklists offer ways to minimize infringement risks in media productions. The rights clearance process is explained.
A timely book. Recommended reading for beginning to learn about how to get permission to use specific materials. Some basic relevant laws are included.
The organization of the book is user-friendly. A brief overview at the outset helps the reader understand who the book is for and what issues will be addressed within. Then, in common language (not legalese), the book takes you through the laws relevant to rights clearance and the clearance issues for specific types of productions including those made by visual artists, musicians and film and television producers. In Part III Butler guides you through the process of rights clearance - how to get your "house in order," how to request permission, negotiating for the rights you need etc.
At each step along the way Butler reminds you of the risks you may run if you don't secure rights to the material in your productions. Yet she never pushes the panic button. She lets you know that there are upsides and possible downsides to each rights clearance issue. The book provides the reader with the knowledge and the tools to make informed decisions about the rights clearance issues they may be facing. In fact it especially helps to clarify theses issues for the uninitiated, helping you understand what rights may need to be cleared. This makes it an invaluable book for law and film students and should make it a required text for any class dealing with legal issues in film and media production.Read more ›
When I learned about this title by Joy Butler I couldn't imagine a better fit for anybody needing to make sense of the "fine print" in entertainment media. Whether you are an artist, writer, publisher, producer or simply knowing what you can or cannot do to make sure you don't run into dangerous territory with regards to the use of media, this book is for you.
His comments exceeded my initial impression of this guide. While my reading of the book revealed a tightly crafted compendium of situations and solutions that arise during the identification and elimination of rights clearance problems in media production ----think anything through which people communicate and express themselves i.e., film, video, television programs, newspapers, magazines, posters, computer games, comic books, paintings, photographs, fine art, advertisements, websites, sculptures, books, etc.--my friend's opinion waxed practical as he followed the steps to insure that his production contained no material that violated the rights of another person.
Specifically, he wanted to use a song and CD photo on a website that he had heard on a CD and change key lyrics to reflect and promote his product and personal enterprise. Author Butler explains how to identify the rights owner - in this case the owner of the recording and the photographer of the photograph used on the CD cover----and how to seek permission to use the music and the photo. Using Butler's techniques, my friend successfully accomplished his mission and both the edited song and the photo appear on his website without the fear of kindling a lengthy expensive and tiresome lawsuit.Read more ›
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This is a very informative book that is simply written for the writer that is involved in the media business. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by k gruhn
Wow, Joy Butler has just made our lives easier. The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle is a user-friendly, detailed, wealth of knowledge for authors, producers and... Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by Victorya Rogers
Joy Butler's The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle arrived promptly and I was blown away. Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by Shannn A. Grissom
Joy R. Butler is endlessly impressive as she charts and details all of the legal choices, decisions and ramifications behind being a producer: that higher stage of artist which... Read morePublished on September 19, 2007 by Earl Hazell
This book is written for publishers, writers, visual artists, muscians, music producers, film & TV producers, producers of Web sites and software, people, celebrities, and... Read morePublished on September 15, 2007 by Jeff Lippincott
It is no secret that we live in a time of challenged media boundaries. If I commit journalism under direction from a local metropolitan newspaper but work at home on my computer... Read morePublished on September 12, 2007 by Allen Smalling
If you are doing any kind of media production such as a video, an advertisement or if you publish a website or blog, you should get a copy of this book. Read morePublished on September 9, 2007 by Joanna D.
As a writer and presenter, I know there's a number of copyright issues you can get into if you're not careful. Read morePublished on August 25, 2007 by Thomas Duff
Joy Butler's "The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle" addresses the laws and business practices that govern the use of copyrighted materials. Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by E. Bukowsky