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Why the Poor Man’s Copyright Will Keep You Poor
Why the Poor Man’s Copyright Will Keep You Poor

So true, so false: the poor man’s copyright protects your creative work. False. Don’t believe this old wives’ tale for a second. Long, long ago, ...

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Employee v. Independent Contractor: Why It Matters
Employee v. Independent Contractor: Why It Matters

“When I first started out, I didn’t know anything about copyright and I was working as an employee in a full-time position without a contract,” ...

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I Want to Tell your Story, Now Gimme the Rights!
I Want to Tell your Story, Now Gimme the Rights!

Unless your screenplay is based on a story of your own creation, you’ll need to acquire the story rights from somebody else. And that acquisition ...

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The Sole Proprietor Complex: DBA v. Exorbitant Filing Fees
The Sole Proprietor Complex: DBA v. Exorbitant Filing Fees

If you are a producer or freelance artist working under a DBA without the protection of a business entity, stop. I’m getting nervous for you, ...

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Internet Defamation: Goodbye Right of Privacy, Hello Free Speech
Internet Defamation: Goodbye Right of Privacy, Hello Free Speech

Social media apps and services have undoubtedly forced businesses to restructure their marketing policies, but how does this social media sensation affect the individual user? ...

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Inside Hollywood: Financing for the Indie Filmmaker
Inside Hollywood: Financing for the Indie Filmmaker

Before digital distribution, very few indie filmmakers saw a return on their financial (and personal) investment. A steel door blocked the path to monetary success, ...

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I’ll Take One Tax Credit, Please
I’ll Take One Tax Credit, Please

If you are in any way affiliated with Chicago film production, you’ve probably heard the words ‘Illinois tax credit’ thrown around by your colleagues. And ...

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Welcome to Street Legal
Welcome to Street Legal

“I saw him wreck a $100,000 boat because he liked the splash.” ~ Rene Russo as Catherine Banning, in The Thomas Crown Affair So you ...

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