Copyright Lawyer

Copyright Law Brief History of Copyright Many entertainment and business professionals deal mostly with copyright law.  The word “copy-right” essentially means the right to copy. Originally, copyright was a right only held by authors and it only covered copying. Copyright was developed from the U.S. Constitution which states: “The Congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries…” The key phrase here, is the exclusive right. Congress immediately passed the copyright law of 1790 which gave authors [...]

Copyright Lawyer2021-01-19T02:02:05-08:00

Legal Issues In Telling Real Life Stories

Life Story Agreements QUESTION: If I want to talk about John Kennedy having Marilyn Monroe as a mistress, or talk about what life in my family was like growing up, don’t I have a right to do that? (Rights other people have to privacy, to control the exploitation of their name, to defend against libel in real a real life story, etc.) Yes. However, it is a balancing between the filmmaker’s or author’s First Amendment Freedom of Speech and the subject’s individual rights. Everyone has the right to not have their reputation defamed. And everyone has a right to privacy [...]

Legal Issues In Telling Real Life Stories2020-04-23T16:11:26-07:00