Today, together with the UCI CED Clinic, we visited the UCI Institute for Innovation where Carolyn Stephens, Director of Strategic Marketing and Operations (and all-around Rock Star) shared with us the visionary approach of the Institute and gave us a tour of its amazing space, The Cove. We look forward to working with the Institute this fall and beyond!
Yesterday, the independent filmmaking world breathed a sigh of relief when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier ruling in Garcia v. Google, the infamous “Innocence of Muslims” case. The case concerned whether an actress who appeared onscreen for five seconds in the notorious anti-Islam film has a copyright interest in the picture. This question is important to filmmakers because it’s often not possible to get a release from everyone in the picture. So the IPAT Clinic participated in drafting an amicus brief in the case, explaining why such a ruling could be devastating to independent filmmakers. And the court listened! “As filmmakers warn,” the court wrote, “low-budget films rarely use licenses…. And filming group scenes like a public parade, or the 1963 March on Washington, would pose a huge burden if each of the thousands of marchers could claim an independent copyright.”
On April 29 Professor Lerner will be in New York for the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors 2015 Footage Expo. Professor Lerner writes: “I’ll be on a panel talking about ‘Intellectual Property on the Move,’ in particular the problems that filmmakers and producers face when creating projects that use a lot of footage. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss the issues with some of the best legal minds in the country, including Anne Atkinson, Cathy Carapella, Jay Fialkov, Bob Stein, and the one and only Matthew White.”
Talking net neutrality at the UCI Entertainment Law Society symposium. From left: the LA Times’s Jon Healey, UCI’s Scott Jordan, Chris Savage of Davis Wright Tremaine, and Art Neill of New Media Rights.
A symposium presented by Entertainment Law Society at UC Irvine: Experts from the legal, technological, business, media, entertainment, and government sectors will all come together at this symposium to discuss the consequences of legal decisions on access to entertainment in the internet age. The panelists at this symposium will explore questions that directly affect the way consumers access entertainment, how artists and entertainers create content, and the future landscape of entertainment and information distribution.