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Scott on Multimedia Law, Third Edition

Scott on Multimedia Law, Third Edition by Michael D. Scott

Scott on Multimedia Law, Third Edition

By Michael D. Scott
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As technologies advance and media platforms proliferate, attorneys must be able to guide clients across the multimedia landscape, helping them to avoid pitfalls while maximizing the value of intellectual property. Scott on Multimedia Law, Third Edition is the one completely current resource that can take you from start to finish throughout the complex multimedia arena.

Based on years of professional experience, the author combines reliable analysis of the substantive law with practical, how-to advice, including insightful discussions of key topics and analysis of various trends and practices in multimedia law. The new and updated Scott on Multimedia Law, Third Edition immediately enables you to:

  • Fully account for every intellectual property dimension of multimedia law, including: trademark, copyright, moral rights, international aspects, patents, trade names and trade secrets
  • Provide reliable advice on the licensing of every type of content, including video, videogames, text, still images, digital images, music, performance, and more
  • Follow all the necessary steps to clear rights
  • Enter into effective agreements with vendors and distribution partners
  • Anticipate the relevance of tort, privacy, and publicity law in order to prevent third party claims from interfering with the commercialization of your client’s products
  • Draft effective employment, development, and distribution agreements
  • Work competently with guilds, unions, and trade associations—including the writers’ guild, directors’ guild, and animators’ guild
  • And more

Scott on Multimedia Law, Third Edition includes more than 60 forms covering numerous transactions across a wide variety of media. The accompanying CD-ROM contains electronic versions of the forms, making it simple to use or adapt them for your own practice. This highly practical addition enables you to immediately support the widest variety of client needs—and save time throughout all stages of bringing multimedia products to market.

ISBN: 9780735575516
SKU: 10046621-7777
  1. Introduction to Multimedia
  2. Materials Incorporate in Multimedia Works
  3. Intellectual Property Rights
  4. Copyrights
  5. Trademarks
  6. Titles and Characters
  7. Trade Secrets
  8. Patents
  9. Negligence
  10. Defamation
  11. Right of Publicity
  12. Right of Privacy
  13. Unfair Competition
  14. Employment Agreements
  15. Development Agreements
  16. Distribution Agreements
  17. Insurance
  18. Licenses and Releases
  19. Licensing Text
  20. Licensing Moving Images
  21. Licensing Still Images
  22. Licensing Music/Audio
  23. Licensing Computer Software
  24. Government Regulation
  25. Guilds, Unions, and Trade Associations
  26. Producers Guild of America
  27. Writers Guild of America
  28. Directors Guild of America
  29. Performing Arts Guilds
  30. Visual Arts Guilds
  31. Audio Arts Guilds




Michael D. Scott is a professor of law at Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California. He teaches Cyberlaw, Drafting Technology Agreements, IP Licensing: Law and Practice, International Cybercrimes, Copyright Law, Patent Law, Information Privacy Law, and Entertainment Law and Web 2.0. He is the Director of the school's London Summer Program in International Cyberlaw, Co-Director of the school's Hawaii Intersession Program, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the school's Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute.

Prior to joining the faculty, Mr. Scott spent 29 years in private practice where he advised traditional media, multimedia, software, and online clients on the legal and business issues involved in creating, marketing, and protecting software, interactive multimedia products, and services on disk and online. Typical areas of involvement included:

  • Obtain domestic and international protection for client's intellectual property
  • Negotiate domestic and international marketing and distribution agreements (retail, OEM, direct)
  • Negotiate intellectual property licenses with third parties
  • License literary and entertainment industry properties and celebrity rights for multimedia and online projects
  • Work with unions, guilds, and talent agencies for voiceover talent
  • Clear rights to preexisting content for use in multimedia and online projects
  • Negotiate and draft contracts with outside developers
  • Negotiate strategic alliances and license agreements with third parties
  • Supervise mergers and acquisitions
  • Supervise outside counsel in securities listings and filings
  • Establish employee and independent contractor programs

He is the author of several books, including Scott on Multimedia Law (2008), Scott on Outsourcing Law and Practice (2006), Telecommunications Law Desk Reference (2003), Internet and Technology Law Desk Reference (2007), Licensing and Intellectual Property Law Desk Reference (2003), and Scott on Information Technology Law (2007), all published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, and is coauthor of The Year 2000 Computer Crisis: Law, Business and Technology (1998). He has also written hundreds of articles that have been published worldwide in a variety of languages, including Japanese, Spanish, Hebrew, Slavic, Chinese, and French. He is also editor-in-chief of the Cyberspace Lawyer newsletter. Mr. Scott is also a frequent international lecturer on IT law and intellectual property topics.

Before entering law school, Mr. Scott received a degree in mathematics (with an emphasis in computer science) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and worked as a software designer/developer for the M.I.T. Computation Center, NASA, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Univac.