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Clearance & Copyright, 5th Edition

Now completely revised, updated, and expanded, the 5th edition is the industry standard guide to every conceivable rights issue that filmmakers, videomakers, TV producers, and Internet content creators might encounter. From the initial acquisition of material through the rights issues that arise during preproduction, production, production, and release, this legalese-free guide will help you protect yourself and your work from disastrous legal actions. Among this edition’s features are links to 21 downloadable contracts discussed in the book and 56 illustrative film clips related to cases litigated by Donaldson Calif Perez.

“If you only buy one book to guide you through the various challenges facing you as a filmmaker, this is that book. It covers subjects that are simply not covered in any other publication.”

– Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent

The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking

The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Independent Film Making

This Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking is perfect for entertainment and intellectual property lawyers; art, design, trade, and law schools; and burgeoning artists with an idea, in need of a guide to get them to inception. It’s a practical, prescriptive form book for legal professionals and burgeoning filmmakers and includes a CDROM with all the contracts, employment and nondisclosure agreements, and licensing deals you’ll need.

Fearless Negotiating: The Wish, Want, Walk Method to Reaching Agreements That Work

Fearless Negotiating: The Wish, Want, Walk Method to Reaching Agreements That Work

If you’ve ever been uncertain before a negotiation, felt beaten up after, or thought you could have and should have negotiated better, Fearless Negotiating shows, step by step, how to erase your fears and preconceptions and tap into the master negotiator that lives within you. This short and compelling guide is an essential companion to achieving more rewarding, meaning, and mutually satisfying business and personal relationships and outcomes.

“By following Donaldson’s three-step strategy, readers will have the confidence they need to succeed in any negotiation.”

– Tom Ortenberg, CEO, Briarcliff Entertainment

Negotiating for Dummies

Negotiating for Dummies

Negotiating is all about getting what you want in life. And whether it’s closing a multimillion-dollar deal, buying a home, or debating body-piercings with your teenager, the basic negotiating skills required are always the same. You’d be surprised how quickly you can master those skills, with the right coach to guide you, and you’d be amazed at how your life can be transformed once you do.

“I negotiate all day long. This book is terrific. It is packed with good information.”

– Ralph Munro, Secretary of State, State of Washington