Getting your film's legals right presented by Tony Morris.

Legal Lockdown Sessions: Rights in a film – who owns what

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  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
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  • Part 1 of the Legal Lockdown Sessions Series: book all 5 HERE

🎬 Session 1: Rights in a film – who owns what?

Monday, 13 April 19:00 London time for one hour
Miss this class? Available VOD in the Raindance members area

A finished film is generally a collaborative work that relies on numerous contributions and a variety of content, and which also comprises a collection of ‘rights’. There are rights that are created by filmmakers, rights that are acquired by filmmakers from third parties and rights that are granted by filmmakers to those who distribute and exhibit their films. In this session we will consider the nature and importance of these rights to filmmakers.

Topics covered include:

  • What is a copyright /Creating copyright
  • Who is first owner of copyright?
  • For how long does a copyright last?
  • Acquiring copyright – assignments and licences
  • Exceptions
  • Moral rights
  • Performers’ rights

What you will learn

Understanding the importance of key legal rights for filmmakers and the contracts by which they are bolted together and how to approach the job of protecting their legal interests in their work.

Each segment is one hour long and presented on Zoom software. You will need WiFi to join the class.

Who Should Attend?

Those planning and/or engaging in the development and production of films, programmes and other audio-visual works – producers, financiers, directors, writers, composers – in fact anyone interested in the practical realities of filmmaking.

Part 1 of the Legal Lockdown Sessions Series: book all 5 HERE

About Tony Morris

Getting Your Film's Legals Right

Tony Morris has more than 40 years’ experience as a lawyer working across the media, entertainment and technology industries. His main focus is clients operating in the film, television and music industries – not only in the UK but also in the USA, Europe and elsewhere.

Tony has been lecturing regularly since 1997, most recently and currently as the provider of the legal module for the Raindance course for Independent Film Producers, as a guest lecturer at the National Film and Television School and at the University of Portsmouth.

Tony has published dozens of articles and commentaries on a wide range of media and entertainment legal topics in the industry and national press and has appeared as a commentator on both radio and television. He is the author of ‘The Filmmakers’ Legal Guide’ now in its second edition.

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1 review for Legal Lockdown Sessions: Rights in a film – who owns what

  1. David

    Really informative- very helpful. Delivered in great style.

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