April 28, 2003
In This Newsletter:
MARK LITWAK TO TEACH FILMMAKER SELF-DEFENSE AT UCLA
Mark Litwak will be teaching "Self-Defense for Independent Filmmakers: Protecting Your Legal Rights" on May 3-4, 2003 at UCLA. Mark will teach filmmakers how to anticipate problems before they arise in their negotiations with production and distribution companies. He will also discuss how to create incentives to encourage the companies to live up to their agreements, including performance incentives, default penalties, and arbitration clauses. In the event of an unresolvable dispute, participants learn what remedies are available to enforce their rights.
To register, call 310- 825-9971 or enroll online at: http://www.uclaextension.org/
YAHOO! ACQUITTED OF CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS IN FRANCE
In a case that helps define jurisdiction in suits brought in one country against websites hosted in another country, a Paris court has acquitted Yahoo! of criminal charges of exhibiting and justifying crimes against humanity.
At issue was whether Yahoo could be held criminally liable for hosting websites that sold Nazi memorabilia. These websites were hosted on servers in the United States. French law prohibits “justifying war crimes” and “exhibiting a uniform, insignia or emblem of a person guilty of crimes against humanity.”
A Paris judge ruled that Yahoo did not did not glorify, praise or at least present the crimes in question favorably simply by allowing Nazi memorabilia to be sold from websites it hosted, and therefore acquitted the company.
Yahoo’s French web-hosting service never allowed the violation of French law, and Yahoo now maintains a global policy prohibiting the sale of Nazi memorabilia from websites it hosts.
CHRISTOPHER VOGLER TO LEAD SCREENWRITER’S WORKSHOP
Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, will discuss his latest ideas about myths, movies, and the deep structure of storytelling for the screen during a two-day workshop held May 10 and 11 in Los Angeles.
The workshop will examine new maps of story structure for a changing audience, new concepts for troubleshooting story, character and structure problems, and ways in which to develop literary works and plays into coherent movies with broad appeal.To register visit http://www.hollywoodfilmfestival.com/vogler.