Monthly Archives: April 2016

  Are Life Rights Always Necessary? Lisa Callif Authors Intellectual Property Magazine Article

Writers and producers often draw inspiration for films from real-life events and people, and the first question they may ask is “How do I get the rights?” However, in the article “Do Filmmakers Actually Have to Acquire Life Rights?” published … Full Story

  Clarifying the Google Books Decision: Michael Donaldson Authors Letter to the Editor in the Washington Post

The Supreme Court recently declined to hear a challenge from authors who argued that Google’s digital library project was a violation of copyright law. In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post titled “Google Books gets the nod, … Full Story

  Lisa Callif Named to Daily Journal’s 2016 Top Women Lawyers List

Partner Lisa Callif has been named as one of the Daily Journal’s 2016 Top Women Lawyers for her work serving independent producers and working behind the scenes of numerous projects, including He Named Me Malala, CNN’s series The Seventies, and … Full Story

  Lisa Callif Named as a 2016 Hollywood Reporter Power Lawyer

Partner Lisa Callif has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 Top 100 Power Lawyers list for her work on films and series including Making a Murderer, He Named Me Malala, The Hunting Ground, and Weiner. The Hollywood Reporter puts … Full Story

  Christopher Perez Named to Variety’s Legal Impact – Up Next List

Partner Christopher Perez has been named to Variety’s Legal Impact – Up Next list for his clearance and fair use work on numerous films, including Tickled and Cartel Land. He was also recognized for his successful appeal to the U.S. … Full Story

  Michael Donaldson Speaks at American Film Showcase Program in Zimbabwe

Partner Michael Donaldson presents at the American Film Showcase (AFS) program in Zimbabwe, Africa discussing collaborative agreements, plans for production, festivals, and how to get films out to the world. Michael’s session will also include speaker Ramona Diaz, who has directed and … Full Story