The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers

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  1. Jason Mark Anderman says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent and Approachable Guide to Key Filmmaking Legal Issues – Great for Non-Lawyers, March 3, 2007
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    This review is from: The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers (Paperback)

    Even though I’ve practiced law for many years outside of the entertainment law area, now that I have moved over into independent film production, I have found the legal issues involved in properly putting together a film to be daunting. If these entertainment law issues are hard for me, as an experienced attorney, I can imagine that they are dramatically more difficult to handle for everyone else. As a result, it is frankly tempting to instead focus on the artistic side of filmmaking so you can skip slogging through the legal quagmire, but you do so at your peril. This is true for a number of reasons, but most importantly, you are taking a huge risk because distributors won’t touch a distribution deal for a film with serious legal problems. Fortunately, I’ve found that this book takes away much of the pain of learning about the legal issues in film, simply because it is so approachable. After reading this book, I really believe that even non-lawyers can quickly grasp the legal challenges of filmmaking. Best of all, the book skips typical “legalese” and instead offers easy to understand, quick references to the contracts, rights clearance and negotiating issues that everyone should understand. Not only did I like the book, but it really is unique, because there’s very little else out there on this subject. It really should be on the desk of every producer. I couldn’t recommend it more.

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  2. S. WALKER says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
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    A powerful guide in a small package!, March 22, 2007
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    S. WALKER (New York, NY USA) –
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    This review is from: The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers (Paperback)

    This book contains a wealth of information presented in a clear, concise, yet thorough manner. Whether you are a writer, producer, composer, or actor, this book will help you understand the legal issues that are part of the process of filmmaking. You can use it as a quick reference to answer a specific question, or you can read it from the beginning as the author unpacks legal concepts and the step-by-step process of setting up a production company to selling your film. As a bonus the book has appendices that make up a valuable law library of intellectual property, i.e. copyright, trademarks, contract law, labor, and employment law. And if you are a lawstudent or lawyer, this book is better than any entertainment law class you will ever take and at a fraction of the price.

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  3. Joshua R. Powers "Eric Rohmer" says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
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    Good Legal Advice Has Never Come So Cheap!, June 16, 2007
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    Joshua R. Powers “Eric Rohmer” (New York, New York) –
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    This review is from: The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers (Paperback)

    This book has allowed me to craft a sound legal structure around my ideas, and my film making has become a true business venture. “Pocket Lawyer” has already saved me from several minor blunders, like not posting a Notice Release when shooting in public, and it will undoubtedly save the day in bigger ways as my projects grow. Where was this book when I was in film school? Valuable legal advice has never come so cheap–well worth the $21.75.

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