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The Permission Seekers Guide Through The Legal Jungle

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2007 non-fiction book by Joy Butler

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Author: Joy Butler
Genre: Business, Enterpeneurship, Media and Society
Publisher: Sashay Communications
Date Published: May 15, 2007
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Comprehensive...an invaluable resource to those in the business.

  • Oct 31, 2009
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If you are currently working as a producer in the entertainment or media industry then a copy of Joy Butler's "The Permission Seekers Guide Through The Legal Jungle" should be within your reach at all times.  Joy Butler covers it all from copyrights to trademarks, libel, slander and privacy issues, what material might be considered to be obscene or indecent and the list goes on and on.  I simply had no idea just how many issues producers have to contend with when putting together a play, movie or television show.  There are so many nuances and caveats in the law and many of the rulings eminating from the courts these days are quite inconsistant to say the least.  Since there is likely to be a considerable amount of money at stake in these productions Joy Butler usually recommends getting permission and clearance from the appropriate parties whenever possible.  "The Permission Seekers Guide Through The Legal Jungle" is also most helpful in defining key terms that those in the business must have a clear understanding of if they are to be successful in their work.  As someone who does not work in this field, I found the numerous case studies that were included in this book to be extremely effective in illustrating the points of law that were being discussed.  Finally, at the end of the book Joy Butler has included more than fifty pages of resources and sample forms that will assist you in the process of clearing rights.  Very helpful indeed!

It occurs to me that in addition to being a valuable reference resource for those already working in this field "The Permission Seekers Guide Through The Legal Jungle" would also serve as a terrific supplemental text for those taking courses in media production at the college level.  Again, this book is written in simple, easy to understand language that I really appreciated.  As Joy Butler points out frequently throughout this book, the law surrounding these complex issues is constantly changing.  As such, this is a book that will likely be revised from time to time.  The issues are presented in a very logical sequence and the table of contents should allow most people to find exactly what they are looking for very easily.   Highly recommended for those working in the industry and a pretty fair cover to cover read for anyone else who might be interested in these issues.

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October 31, 2009
I took a course in IPR in Shanghai's Fudan University last year. It's a lot more complicated and can hardly be explained in a book. When it comes to IPR laws in China, the problem lies in enforcing the law. Nonetheless, for those who are not into law, books are a great way to get a grasp of what it entails. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll try to look it up in the library.
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