Any student who receives a grade of B- or lower will be required to seek instructor approval if s/he wishes to satisfy the Minor Writing Credit with work from this seminar. Students who earn grades of B or higher will be automatically eligible for the Minor Writing Credit.
This seminar will explore various issues involved in the production, distribution and exhibition of feature films. It will explore the tensions between economic considerations and the unpredictable intangibles of creative success. Using case law, newspaper articles, union agreements, and sample form agreements, the course will consider industry structure, creative control, credit, compensation, grant of rights, representations and warranties, and financing alternatives. There is a heavy emphasis in grading on weekly class participation since the course is taught using the Socratic method; there are two writing assignments, and an in-class negotiation of hypothetical offers, in lieu of a final. Some students have noted the large volume of reading materials required in order to supply information needed for the in-class negotiations, particularly over the first couple of weeks of class (although much of this reading is newspaper articles about the business rather than cases)..
Class size is limited to 16 students; students not there for the first or second class will be dropped to make room for those on the waiting list; recommend students high on wait list attend first two classes to keep up with materials since in the past students high on wait list have been admitted to class. Not open to non-law school students; having taken copyright and trademark courses recommended but not required.