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Clint Wardlow
Re: Is bootlegging really so bad?
on May 9, 2013 at 7:40:17 pm

[TImothy Auld] "I am quite curious as to whether you have ever registered any copyrights."

And I am curious, Tim. Have you ever really worked hard on creating a project, only to sell it to someone who buries it. Make it so you can't show or release your own work.

I had a friend who made a movie in the 1990s, his first feature. He basically was bamboozled by a fast-talking distributor against future profits. Said distributor buried the film as a tax write off. My friend lost everything he and his investors has sunk into. To this day he can't show the film because he doesn't hold the copyright. His labor of love just sits on some film library shelf going nowhere.

I wonder how many green film-makers have suffered such a fate? Copyright can work against the artist sometimes, especially one who can't afford lawyers to insure he gets the best deal.


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