Film Production: Legal Essentials

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This workshop is designed to provide non-lawyers with a basic understanding of common legal issues encountered during a typical production cycle. We’ll talk about fair use and licenses, highlight the differences between copyright and trademark, walk through some first amendment concepts, and explore best practices for drafting contracts. Can you put that trademark in your film? Can you say something negative about a famous person? Can you use archival materials without permission? What are some key clauses that you should include in your agreements? The goal is to enable film principals to spot, address, and avoid common legal pitfalls. The workshop includes a Q&A session.

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Paul Szynol

Film Law Group, University of Michigan Law School, Itchy Dog Films

This event will be in person


Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
Film & TV Badge
Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
Interactive Badge





Film & TV Industry