Legal Issues

This chapter outlines the important legal and financial issues that come with producing a show. The following sections cover areas such as copyright, fair use, clearances, releases, and contracts. I also explain issues with items that affect every filmmaker, such as insurance and the completion bond. The purpose of the insurance discussion is to simplify the subject for many readers who might find it intimidating. Finally, the legal section explains how having a lawyer, though it may be expensive, may save money in the end.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

The Free Legal Dictionary defines intellectual property (IP) as “intangible ...

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