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What Happened When the Prosecution Turned Their Attention on the Filmmakers Behind 'Making a Murderer'

What Happened When the Prosecution Turned Their Attention on the Filmmakers Behind 'Making a Murderer'

Before Netflix got involved, two scrappy filmmakers had to fight to save…

Here's How the New Crowdfunding Rules Will Change Indie Film Financing

Here's How the New Crowdfunding Rules Will Change Indie Film Financing

The rules of the game have changed. Here's what you need to know.

Here's Why the DMCA Exemption is Good News for Documentary Filmmakers, But Not Fiction Filmmakers

Here's Why the DMCA Exemption is Good News for Documentary Filmmakers, But Not Fiction Filmmakers

Thanks to a new DMCA exemption, documentary filmmakers can now access and…

'The Muslims Are Coming!' to the NYC Subways

'The Muslims Are Coming!' to the NYC Subways

A federal judge ordered New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to…

Attention, Filmmakers: Here's What You Need to Know About Chain of Title (and Why You Need It)

Attention, Filmmakers: Here's What You Need to Know About Chain of Title (and Why You Need It)

In this guest post, veteran entertainment attorney Mark Litwak explains…

After Long Legal Battle, 'Happy Birthday to You' is Part of the Public Domain

After Long Legal Battle, 'Happy Birthday to You' is Part of the Public Domain

Warner/Chappell is expected to contest the ruling, which could lose them…

Here's What the 'Dancing Toddler' Decision Means for Filmmakers

Here's What the 'Dancing Toddler' Decision Means for Filmmakers

In a guest post, veteran entertainment attorney Mark Litwak explains how the…

Attention, Filmmakers: Here's What You Need to Know About Malpractice Insurance

Attention, Filmmakers: Here's What You Need to Know About Malpractice Insurance

"Even cautious filmmakers may find themselves facing a lawsuit through no…

This Award-Winning Documentary Needs Your Help to Support Journalistic Freedom

This Award-Winning Documentary Needs Your Help to Support Journalistic Freedom

"(T)ERROR," which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance this year, is the…

What Can a Filmmaker Expect to Earn Over a Lifetime?

What Can a Filmmaker Expect to Earn Over a Lifetime?

An entertainment attorney weighs in on a recent case where a filmmaker was…

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Don't Panic About Fair Use

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Don't Panic About Fair Use

Fair use is a legal theory and not a license. Yet, its use is widespread and…

8 Legal Tips for Documentary Filmmakers

8 Legal Tips for Documentary Filmmakers

From life rights to fair use, here's what you need to know about legal issue…

A Filmmaker's Guide to Music Licensing

A Filmmaker's Guide to Music Licensing

Here are six essential facts that filmmakers should be aware of when dealing…

Is This Filmmaker Taunting Disney to Sue?

Is This Filmmaker Taunting Disney to Sue?

Ever since "Escape From Tomorrow," the black and white indie shot covertly…

'Escape From Tomorrow' Will Ensure You'll Never See Disney World the Same Way Again

'Escape From Tomorrow' Will Ensure You'll Never See Disney World the Same Way Again

A labyrinthine descent into the grotesque extremes of a Disneyfied society,…

Kodak is Out of Bankruptcy, Says It's a Tech Company -- But Still Supports Film

Kodak is Out of Bankruptcy, Says It's a Tech Company -- But Still Supports Film

Kodak has emerged from Chapter 11 as a reorganized company following…

Will Joan Rivers Support Her Fellow WGA Union Members?

Will Joan Rivers Support Her Fellow WGA Union Members?

The writers of the E! show "Fashion Police," which put Joan Rivers back in…

Do Filmmakers Need to Pay to Use 'Happy Birthday'?

Do Filmmakers Need to Pay to Use 'Happy Birthday'?

The assumed answer of this question has been yes, but one filmmaker, set to…

Columbia Law Professor Says Sundance Disney World Film 'Escape from Tomorrow' is a Cut-and-Dry Fair Use Case

Columbia Law Professor Says Sundance Disney World Film 'Escape from Tomorrow' is a Cut-and-Dry Fair Use Case

After seeing Sundance entry "Escape from Tomorrow," many were…

New Copyright Exemptions Put Strain On Filmmakers and Consumers

New Copyright Exemptions Put Strain On Filmmakers and Consumers

This week the U.S. Copyright Office met again to decide on exemptions to the…