Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


This article provides a practical guide for the attorney whose client produces fact-based television movies, whether the producer chooses to use resource material from the public domain or obtain rights. The article analyzes the historical development and current state of the personality and property rights that need to be considered; discusses the impact of Son of Sam laws; examines the provisions to be included in rights acquisition agreements; and explores protective measures that can help to minimize the risk of litigation.