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Clearance & Copyright Everthing you need to know for film and television

Clearance & Copyright, 4th Edition

This well-written, legalese-free guide provides filmmakers with essential advice on almost every conceivable rights issues they might encounter – from the initial acquisition of material through the situations encountered in preproduction, production, postproduction, and final release. Armed with this book, filmmakers can protect themselves.  The 4th edition goes above and beyond all previous versions as readers can easily access downloadable/editable contracts, agreements and forms, as well as enter URL codes to view over 50 film clips pertaining to the case law discussed in the book.

“Finally, there is one place to go for all the answers.”

– Geoffrey Gilmore, Director of Film Festival, Sundance Institute

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