Entertainment Law: Movie Making – A Tale of Woes.

“We don’t make movies to make money; we make money to make more movies.” – Walt Disney

Movie Producers or Movie Production houses are often referred to as money making machines, but where there are riches; there are also a multitude of woes. In this post, we speak about some of the legal challenges that movie producers often face. Keeping in mind that it is always easier to list the problems than to find the solutions to them, we have jotted down a few quick solutions which could minimize the risks that most aspiring Producers and established Producers often face.

  1. “This is the script I left at your doorstep!” – This is one of the most common issues that a Producer faces. It happens too very often that a Producer is smashed with a legal notice for the story or the script being used in the making of a movie. This happens either on the announcement of the film or after the release of the film. Most of the times, the law suits are filed in the Court for Copyright infringement praying for an injunction to stop the theatrical release of the film or after the release of the film, seeking to stop the future exploitation of the film on any other medium. Situations like these are not completely avoidable and this is why, Producers need to have a proper Non- Disclosure Agreement in place along with Submission Release forms whenever receiving any scripts from the writer/author…

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