Since the earliest days of cinema the law has influenced the conditions in which Hollywood films are made, sold, circulated or presented - from the talent contracts that enable a film to go into production, to the copyright laws that govern its distribution and the censorship laws that may block exhibition. Equally, Hollywood has left its own impression on the American legal system by lobbying to expand the duration of copyright, providing a highly visible stage for contract disputes and representing the legal system on screen.
In this comprehensive collection, international experts offer chapters on key topics, including copyright, trademark, piracy, antitrust, censorship, international exhibition, contracts, labour and tax. Drawing on historical and contemporary case studies, Hollywood and the Law provides readers with a wide range of perspectives on how legal frameworks shape the culture and commerce of popular film.
Paul McDonald is Professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's College London, UK. Emily Carman is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Chapman University, USA. Eric Hoyt is Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Philip Drake is Head of the Department of Media and Professor in Film, Media and Communications at Edge Hill University, UK.
Acknowledgments.- Notes on Contributors.- Introduction: On the Legal Lives of Hollywood; Eric Hoyt, Paul McDonald, Emily Carman, Philip Drake.- PART I: OWNERSHIP AND INFRINGEMENT.- 1. One Law to Rule Them All: Copyright Goes Hollywood; Peter Decherney.- 2. The Changing Landscape of Trademark Law in Tinseltown: From Debbie Does Dallas to The Hangover; John Tehranian and Mark Bartholomew.- 3. Piracy and the Shadow History of Hollywood; Paul McDonald.- PART II: COMPETITION AND CIRCULATION.- 4. The Preservation of Competition: Hollywood and Antitrust Law; Jennifer Porst.- 5. Controlling Content: Governmental Censorship, the Production Code and the Ratings System; Laura Wittern-Keller.- 6. Hollywood Embassies, Labour and Investment Laws, and Global Cinema Exhibition: Ross Melnick.- PART III: NEGOTIATION AND LABOUR.- 7. Asset or Liability?: Hollywood and Tax Law; Eric Hoyt.- 8. Doing the Deal: Talent Contracts in Hollywood; Emily Carman and Philip Drake.- 9. Will Work for Screen Credit: Labour and the Law in Hollywood; Catherine Fisk.- Index