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Join attorneys Amy Goldsmith and Ethan Bordman for this timely and entertaining program on the legalities of reality television.
In this course, Ms. Goldsmith focuses on the copyrightable elements of reality television, from scripts to the finished product, and explains what parts are copyrightable and which are not. She also presents several well-known cases where “copycat” shows were litigated and their outcomes (“Survivor,” “The Apprentice”), including current unresolved matters, such as the allegations of copyright infringement involving feature film Elysium and Univision’s Q’Viva! The Chosen.
Additionally, entertainment attorney Ethan Bordman presents contractual and other issues that have arisen in popular shows (“The Bachelor,” “Storage Wars,” and“Duck Dynasty") and considerations for individuals who participate in these programs. He also explains why “unscripted” television does not always mean “unwritten.”
I. Know your rights: understand content ownership, what is copyrightable and what isn’t protectable
II. Understand how production companies work and implement standard content transfer policies
III. Grasp the unique clauses in Reality Television Contracts
IV. Recognize aspects that affect programming
Ethan Bordman represents authors, screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors, guiding them through the legal and business matters they face in bringing their dreams to the screen. He also assists investors and filmmakers in financing motion pictures. Mr. Bordman earned a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law, a master’s degree in Entertainment Law from the University of Westminster in London, England and a master’s degree in International Sports Law from Anglia University in Cambridge, England. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Prentis School of Business at Wayne State University.
Before starting his law practice, Mr. Bordman worked for the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists (AFTRA), a national performers’ union. While at AFTRA, he coordinated television and radio projects for networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, CTV (Canadian Television), TNT, and Lifetime Networks. Mr. Bordman is the former Chair of the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law section of the Michigan State Bar. He is currently a member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law committee of the New York State Bar. He practices entertainment law in New York, Michigan, and Illinois.
Successful, profitable businesses share certain characteristics: immediately recognizable brands, desirable products or services, and a strategic plan which minimizes legal risks. As co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, Amy B. Goldsmith partners with clients to provide practical legal advice and connections to grow their businesses. A strategic advisor, she guides clients in all stages of their development from idea conception and protection, to funding, manufacturing and enforcement. Copyrights and patents are an important part of a company’s strategy, and understanding when protection is likely (or not) to be granted is critical in the design process.
Well done. Very interesting.
Great first half, good second half - overall very useful info.
Ethan and Amy were both very informative and effective speakers.
Informative and very good overall.
Good integration of the two subject matters--reality tv and intellectual property.
Very interesting topic!
Materials were excellent.
Speakers did a nice job
Interesting and informative, one of the beste
Very good - and I loved the topical Johnny Fairplay reference.
This course was very interesting.
interesting and timely.
Very well done.
the dual instructor concept was a first-I thought that Ethan Bordman's presentation was good and Amy Goldsmith's presentation very informative. I will look up the 9th Circuit case outcome
very interesting subject area, should have been longer.
Interesting to hear how things are moving away from reality shows and more to scripted due to syndication/repeats, did not know of the trend
Entertaining and interesting.
I really enjoyed the contract segment of this course. But both speakers did a good job.
Both instructors were thoroughgoing and clear. Good information was given.
Both instructors were good in my opinion. I liked them each.
Excellent coverage of the subject for first introduction.
BEST ONE EVER . . . AWESOME COVERAGE, KNOWLEDGE AND VALUE
This was so interesting!
Interesting and informative.
I believe more introductory material by both presenters would have enhanced understanding of this field of law.
interesting topic and great presenters