Author: Orly Ravid

[Updated] Stairway to Inverse Ratio Rule Abrogation

Written by: Darian Hogan Edited by: Wil Rios & Lauren Landau Most of us are aware, at least passively, of the infringement kerfuffle surrounding Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Spirit’s “Taurus.” What started as perhaps a standard infringement suit has dragged on and blossomed into a high-profile case considering seminal issues in music litigation such as infringement defenses, evidentiary issues, conflicts of law and standard-of-proof inquiries. Earlier this week, the 9th Circuit passed a landmark decision on this litigation, which has altered the future of infringement cases in the jurisdiction by abolishing what is colloquially referred to as...

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Reading the AB5 crystal ball: How the new law may impact creatives in California

Max Hacker is a partner at AltView Law Group, LLP in Los Angeles, California. His practice includes representing talent across the digital media, TV/film and music landscape. His passion for talent representation and music lead him to launch Cosmic Dust Management, an artist management company. The entertainment and arts communities in California have flourished in part as a result of tapping into a growing network of independent contractors or, more commonly referred to as “freelancers.” However, all that growth and success attributable to the so-called “gig economy” may be in jeopardy based on a law that went into effect...

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The IFTA® Standard Licensing Agreements, Terms and Definitions Are “Common ground” When Licensing Films and Television Programming Worldwide

This article was written by Susan Cleary, Esq., Southwestern Law School Class of 1993, Vice President & General Counsel, Independent Film & Television Alliance When negotiating for the exploitation of films or television programming to distributors worldwide, it is important to speak the same ‘language of licensing.’ That is why for the last 30 years, the Independent Film & Television Alliance® has promulgated model forms and standard contracts that are voluntarily used by the IFTA Membership and Industry at Large to provide a common ground to being to tailor and document their particular deals. IFTA has recently released the...

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The Lowdown on Tax Credits

Zachary Tarica is the CEO of The Forest Road Company, a specialty film financing company that lends against U.S. tax credits, providing financing solutions for responsible creators across not just the film industry, but the real estate and renewable energy sectors as well. For more information, please visit their website or Facebook Page. Having recently attended the Cannes Film Festival and Doc Edge New Zealand, I met with producers of films and series that were in part produced or being produced using tax credit financing (which is so common in the entertainment industry). Below is an interview with Forest...

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Christine Torres on How She Became a TV Writer After Being a District Attorney

Christine Torres (WGA, west) is a writer, producer, and consultant who develops film, documentary, and television projects for legendary horror filmmaker Sean S. Cunningham at Crystal Lake Entertainment and also under her own banner, filmtorres. Being a lawyer is great. Being a lawyer and also a TV writer and development executive is super cool. I sat down virtually with just such a person, Christine Torres, to discuss her trajectory. As a highly successful former Brooklyn prosecutor, Chris realized her lifelong passion for filmmaking when she moved to Los Angeles where she consulted on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”...

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