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The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions (Guide Through the Legal Jungle) [Paperback]

Joy Butler
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Book Description

May 15, 2007 0967294010 978-0967294018
A resource for media producers who don t want to be sued! Clearing rights means keeping material likely to spark legal action out of your production. Yet, knowing which materials may permissibly be used is a constant challenge. This book offers detailed guidance for seeking permission and clearing rights to use quotes, music, art, names, film clips, and other protected materials.

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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.

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: 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an attorney practicing in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, and business law. In my entertainment law practice, I work with clients developing projects in music, publishing, film, television and new media. Visit www.joybutler.com for more information on my law firm practice.

Books I have authored are (i) The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions and (ii) The Musician's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Music Law. You can find more details on the entertainment and media informational materials I write at www.GuideThroughtheLegalJungle.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hands-on How-to in Plain English July 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CREATIVITY AND COPYRIGHTS July 21, 2007
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Most of us have a sense of when we can use a song or a printed article or some other work that is protected by copyright. And most of us are wrong. We see news articles about this kid or that mother and some other person being sued for violating someone else's ownership rights. While most of us don't publish or perform in public, photocopiers, the web, and digital file formats make potential criminals of us all. Well, maybe criminal is a bit strong, but we often put ourselves at risk without realizing it.

This handy guide by Joy R. Butler will give its readers, maybe users is a better term, some good first defense understanding of what they need to seek out and do in order to use materials created or owned by others. It is well organized and written in everyday English rather than legalese. She has organized the book's 28 chapters into six parts:

1) Overview of Rights Clearance Issues
2) Relevant Rights and Laws
3) Clearance Issues for Specific Productions
4) The Process of Clearing Rights and Seeking Permission
5) Seeking Permission to use Specific Materials
6) Minimizing Your Risks and Protecting Yourself

There is also an appendix on resources and another for some basic forms.

Really, I never thought much about these issues until I joined the board of a classical music group here in Ann Arbor. While most of what we sing is long out of copyright, some is not. Frankly, I did not realize how closely groups like ASCAP and BMI monitor groups like ours. It is important to keep them, well, at bay. So, learn what you need to do before the trouble comes.

This book is vastly less expensive the lawyer time. So, pick up a copy and get yourself oriented. That way, when you need to use an attorney you will know why and doing it on your terms rather than reacting to someone coming after you for something you didn't even realize could even be a problem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The permission seeker's guide through the legal jungle
This is a very informative book that is simply written for the writer that is involved in the media business. Read more
Published on November 15, 2010 by k gruhn
5.0 out of 5 stars Where was this when I wrote my first book?
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 more
Published on January 3, 2008 by Victorya Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Guide to Keep Legal Action at Bay
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... Read more
Published on November 14, 2007 by Diana F. Von Behren
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading!
Joy Butler's The Permission Seeker's Guide Through the Legal Jungle arrived promptly and I was blown away. Read more
Published on October 19, 2007 by Shannn A. Grissom
5.0 out of 5 stars As helpful as it is voluminous
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 more
Published on September 19, 2007 by Earl Hazell
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are someone who wants to use the intellectual property of...
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 more
Published on September 15, 2007 by Jeff Lippincott
4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful modern guide, necessary for almost any writer or...
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 more
Published on September 12, 2007 by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written guide, packed with important information
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 more
Published on September 9, 2007 by Joanna Daneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on the shelves of all artists, writers, filmmakers, etc...
As a writer and presenter, I know there's a number of copyright issues you can get into if you're not careful. Read more
Published on August 25, 2007 by Thomas Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid and instructive guide.
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 more
Published on August 21, 2007 by E. Bukowsky
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