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Perrin Ferrari Disner

Los Angeles Antitrust / Trade Attorney.

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  1. How can I sell a story to a film production company and be involved in the making process?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Bruce E. Burdick
    2. Perrin Ferrari Disner
    3. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    4. Lawrence John Gibney Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    First you have to GET the rights. It sounds like the original writer agreed to sell the rights, but not that he DID sell (or option) the rights TO YOU. It also may not be the writer's decision, the rights might belong to the producer or the TV network. Obviously you need to figure that out right away. Once you've actually secured the rights, you should commit your "vision" of the thing to writing. Draft the screenplay with all the changes you have in mind, and then that's what you shop to...

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  2. My boss said i cant dress thats why im not getting no hours

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Raymond Daymude
    2. Neil Pedersen
    3. Inga L Stevens
    4. Perrin Ferrari Disner
    5. Michael John Rossiter
    5 lawyer answers

    Think about it - if you were selling fashion, wouldn't you want your employees to look fashionable? In the grand scheme of things it's all a matter of taste, but it's your employer's taste that matters, not yours. Without language to the contrary in an employment contract, employment in California is "at will" and you can be fired on your employer's whim for anything that's not protected by anti-discrimination laws (race, gender, age, sexual preference, national origin, etc.). If you are a...

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  3. Can one aggregate entertainment video content that was posted publicly by content creators (for marketing) on a new site?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    2. Bruce E. Burdick
    3. Maurice N Ross
    4. Perrin Ferrari Disner
    4 lawyer answers

    The simple answer is "no". You risk subjecting yourself to liability for copyright infringement if you make any commercial use of any part of a third party's copyrighted work. The secondary benefit to the third party might suffice to gain their advance permission to use the work(s), and if you put together a well-presented proposal about this to the copyright owner, maybe they'll see things your way, but you are playing with fire if you just go ahead and do it without permission. You should...

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  4. Is mentioning the name of a band that I was inspired by in my film legal?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Glen Nuttall
    2. Bruce E. Burdick
    3. Maurice N Ross
    4. Perrin Ferrari Disner
    4 lawyer answers

    You might consider a written disclaimer in the credits stating that your film is not affiliated with or endorsed by the band. Then if you're clear that you're just a fan and they inspired you, and that's it, then you should be ok.

  5. Can i be fired from my job. i had a very bad abcess, and had surgery so my doctor would not let me work. upon calling my

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Perrin Ferrari Disner
    1 lawyer answer

    If your employer had a stated policy for sick leave, and violated its own policy, you might have a good claim. Otherwise, bear in mind that not all states have a law concerning sick leave. California does not, for example -- employment here is "at will", meaning you can be fired if you are not otherwise protected by a sick leave policy in an employment contract or stated company policy. You should definitely seek the advice of a COLORADO attorney on this question. If your abscess was...

  6. Is this wrongful termination

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Perrin Ferrari Disner
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2 lawyer answers

    Did the employer have a stated policy for sick leave? Did they follow it? If not, you could have a good case for wrongful termination. Otherwise, bear in mind that not all states mandate that employers provide sick leave. In California, for example, employment is considered to be "at will" unless otherwise specified. If Washington follows suit, your wife would not be protected unless by a specific povision of her employment contract or stated company policy on the subject. Since this...

  7. Am I allowed to publish work created in Google Sketch up?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Perrin Ferrari Disner
    2 lawyer answers

    Any art or design that YOU create, wholesale, is your intellectual property. The language that you cite from Google is alerting you to the fact that your use of the intellectual property of a THIRD PARTY, without that party's permission, would be infringement of that party's copyright -- just as it would infringe YOUR copyright if somebody else used YOUR artwork without permission. The caveat about 3D Warehouse SEEMS to be Google's attempt to establish a legal buffer zone wherein derivative...