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Attorney Justin Sterling Addresses Fair Use and the Right of Publicity

Justin Sterling is founder of The Sterling Firm, a full-service civil litigation and transactional law firm devoted to Business Law, Entertainment Law, and Personal Injury cases. The Sterling Firm is dedicated to helping clients obtain maximum compensation, achieve cost-effective legal solutions, and resolve legal conflicts efficiently. You can learn more about Justin at www.TheSterlingFirm.com and www.linkedin.com/in/justinsterlingesquire

Topics addressed in this interview include:

  • Writing Unauthorized Biographies and Producing Expose Documentaries
  • Incorporating Real People in Fictional Works 
  • Record People in the Real World Then Releasing or Selling that Video
  • Defamation of the Living and the Dead
  • Protecting Your Own Work Against Unauthorized Works
  • Fundamental Rules Regarding Fair Use
  • Use of Images and Video Clips for "Editorial" or News Use
  • Use of Images, Video Clips, Author Names, or Film/Book/Product Names in Promotional Materials and Advertisements
  • Why Producers ask Actors and Others to contractually approve a Producer's Right to Use Their Name and Likeness 
  • Posting, Promotion, and Licensing of images or footage captured in a public place (aka Individuals at Protests, etc.)
  • Creating Art using Content Created by Others (collages, montages, etc) 
  • "Clearing Your Work" and Errors and Omissions Insurance 

This recorded workshop comes with a recorded workshop with Justin Sterling on Contract Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs and Producers.

Disclaimer: This information are provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No attendee should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information discussed in this workshop without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.

If you have questions about this material, please email nancy@nancyfultonmeetups.com


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