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When Filming Abroad, Consider the Laws Part 1: Before Filming in a Foreign Country, What Basic Legal Considerations Should Be Addressed?
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Public Domain Safety Zone Advances a Year
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A Practical Discussion of Appearance Releases Part 5: What Should You Do If You Discover in Post-Production That Your Team Neglected to Obtain an Appearance Release from an Interview Subject?
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A Practical Discussion of Appearance Releases Part 4: Can an On-Camera Verbal Release Substitute for a Written Release?
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A Practical Discussion of Appearance Releases Part 3: What Is an “Area Release” and What Purpose Does It Serve?
Dec 11, 2018
A Practical Discussion of Appearance Releases Part 2: Why Might Documentary Producers Obtain Appearance Releases Even Though They Don’t Have To?
Dec 4, 2018
A Practical Discussion of Appearance Releases Part 1: What Does a Documentary Appearance Release Typically Contain?
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The Ins and Outs of Educational Distribution Part 5: What Is a Public Performance License and Why Does It Matter?
Jun 19, 2018
The Ins and Outs of Educational Distribution Part 1: What Are Educational Rights and How Are They Monetized?
May 21, 2018
Are There Extra-Sensitive Categories of Defamatory Statements?
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E&O Part 1: What is E&O Insurance?
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