Lev Manovich on 28 Jul 2000 05:30:42 -0000

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<nettime> intellectual property, Hollywood style

Do you think that after the Net, memes, open source and other similar
phenomenons/concepts/movements, the issues of copyright and intelectual
property belong to the twentieth century? 

Not quite yet.

The following comes from the contract recently offered to me by a Holywod


Writer hereby agrees that the Works are considered a "work made for hire." 
As between Writer and Producer, the Works (including any ideas, written
materials, and copyrights thereto) and all rights therein shall be the
sole property of Producer, and Producer may publish, broadcast, exhibit,
transmit, use and/or exploit the Works in whole or in part, in perpetuity,
for any purpose, in any manner and through any media, whether now known or
hereafter devised, throughout the world, in all languages, as Producer in
its sole discretion shall determine.  Writer hereby acknowledges that none
of the Works constitute a work of fine art, and hereby waives all moral
rights, if any, associated with the Work.  Writer hereby irrevocably
assigns and transfers to Producer all right, title and interest of every
kind and character throughout the world and in perpetuity, in any and all
languages, which Writer now has or may be deemed to have in the Works,
including but not limited to any ideas, material, original works of
authorship, and copyrights thereto, whether oral or in writing.  Writer
hereby agrees to take, at all times hereafter, all action and sign and
deliver all documents as Producer may reasonably request in order to vest
or perfect in Producer all of such right, title and interest in the Works
and to permit Producer to protect such intellectual property.  Writer
hereby irrevocably designates and appoints Producer as Writer's agent and
attorney-in-fact to take such action and sign such documents on behalf of
Writer in order to vest and perfect such right, title and interest in the
Works and to permit Producer to protect such intellectual property. The
assignment in this Section 6 shall not apply to any invention or right
which Writer is entitled to pursuant to the terms of California Labor Code
Section 2870 or any successor provision." 

Dr. Lev Manovich
Associate Professor
email: manovich@ucsd.edu
phone: +1-858-822-1012  / fax: +1-858-534-7976

University of California -- San Diego
Visual Arts Department, 0084,
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0084, U.S.A.

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