Re: Contract loopholes for record labels and movie studios? Subverting copyright through medium transformation?
2011-12-01 05:06:31 GMT
Hey Danny, I like the thinking, but it seems like there are some issues. In case the following hand-waviness doesn't make it abundantly clear, IANAL and TINLA. On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 4:58 PM, Danny Piccirillo <danny.piccirillo <at> member.fsf.org> wrote: > Thinking subversively, are there standard contracts that studios and labels > use? Have they been leaked somewhere? Fairly standard, but of course every one varies. You can find, say, a standard studio contract in almost any book written about the music business for musicians. Moses Avalone's written a few good ones, and there's a classic by Donald Passman. I imagine the same thing exists for the movie industry, to a greater or lesser extent, but of course there are many different contracts for many different roles. Are there loopholes that would allow > creators to, while remaining under contract, exercise their own copyright by > declaring their works under free licenses FAL, FL, CC-BY-SA, or otherwise? > Or are are the copyrights generally fully transferred to the > studio/label/whatever? Generally the latter, is my understanding. There was a big push by the record labels to make studio recordings "works for hire", which would mean that the copyright would never lie with the original artist, but there was enough pushback that they stuck to a transferral. That's subject to the termination of transfer clause in the '76 act (see http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/11/copyright-time-bomb-set-to-disrupt-music-publishing-industries/)(Continue reading)