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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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From the Author

The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle grew out of seminars and workshops I've given over the last several years. The book answers many questions I get from the producers of film, books, websites, and other creative people who come into my office.

About the Author

Joy R. Butler is an attorney who regularly assists entertainment and media producers with rights clearance projects. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
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Product Details

  • Series: Guide Through the Legal Jungle
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Sashay Communications (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967294010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967294018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When deciding whether a book is worth the effort of reading, the first thing I do is look at the table of contents. The second thing I look at is the index. Turning to the table of contents, I discovered that the author begins with a summary of contents listing the chapters, and then sets out a detailed table of contents listing each numbered section of each chapter. This format is standard for law school texts and legal practice manuals, and the detailed table of contents can send you directly to topics of burning interest without having to search for them, either in the index or by thumbing through scanning the first sentence of paragraphs. When I turned to the index, I found that it, like the indices for most law books, is somewhat skimpy.

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.
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Publishers, Writers, Visual Artists, Musicians, Film, TV, Website Producers, online entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in protecting themselves from infringing on the copyrighted material or trademarks of others, - may find this well-written book helpful.

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.
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Wow! If you're a filmmaker, producer, entertainment lawyer or film student I've just read a new book that's will make your life a whole lot easier. Attorney Joy Butler's new book The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions is a comprehensive, easy-to-use compendium of all the general knowledge you need to make the right choices in regards to the tricky subject of rights clearance.

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.
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I work in an Entertainment Media college where I run the student portal where we publish information and news stories that pertain to the world of entertainment media. I also have been a blogger for five years and recently I founded TuDiabetes.com, an online community for people touched by diabetes. So I am familiar with challenges that a publisher faces when trying to use certain assets for a publication and the permissions that are needed for doing this, and I have also had numerous interviews with attorneys specialized in the topic of intellectual property applied to this specific space.

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.
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Serendipitously, I received entertainment and business attorney, Joy R. Butler's "The Permission Seeker's Guide through the Legal Jungle" when a good friend of mine was in the process of designing and launching his website. Knowing that he had some trademark issues ( he had recently come up with a logo for his goods and services and wanted to protect his intellectual property) I promptly handed over this book and awaited a detailed synopsis of his first hand experience with it.

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.
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