More Stuff on the Web We should’ve Reposted Here But Screwed Up & Didn’t

Some recent articles on TV, TV writing, and the TV biz that we regret not posting earlier. But here they are now.

Well, the opening paragraphs are here anyway:

5 REASONS WHY YOUR SCRIPT’S SECOND ACT FAILS

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I always chuckle when I read a query letter from a writer saying they have included the first 10 pages of their screenplay because I’ll “be so hooked by the first 10 pages,” I will certainly request the whole thing. I laugh because it’s not the first 10 pages of a screenplay that concern the reader – it is everything from Page 30 to 75 that we focus on….

Read it all at https://www.stage32.com/blog/5-Reasons-Why-Your-Scripts-Second-Act-Fails

WRITING TV, THINKING THEATRE

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“TV writing gives you the power to say no.”

Okay, that’s not exactly how she said it. We were sitting around a conference table at Juilliard when a well-known guest playwright was speaking about the advantages of working in TV. Her actual statement had more expletives in it, as well as a sexual act she suggested theatrical artistic directors might try on themselves. But the spirit was the same: TV writing was financially empowering and artistically enlightening for this particular guest….

Read it all at http://www.americantheatre.org/2016/02/23/writing-tv-thinking-theatre-but-with-less-urgency/

SEE REZA ASLAN GET PERSONAL ABOUT NORMAN LEAR

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Author and scholar Reza Aslan is a regular pundit on the talk show circuit, but now he’s got a show of his own — only here, writers are the celebrities….

Read it all at http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/23/reza-aslan-norman-lear-rough-draft

FAIRLY USED: WHY SCHOOLS NEED TO TEACH KIDS THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT COPYRIGHT

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Today’s teenagers live in a time where technology gives them the tools to create, share, and publish just about anything they can conceive, and enables and encourages them to use and remix existing content from TV, movies, music, and games. At the same time, they are repeatedly reminded that their creations can be shut down, removed, or monetized by others who simply claim to have a copyright.
So they know how to snag a clip from The Walking Dead, set it to “Yakety Sax” and post it on YouTube, but what they may not know — because most schools are failing to teach them — is under what circumstances the law actually protects the fair use of copyrighted material, and when it doesn’t.

Read it all at https://consumerist.com/2016/02/26/fairly-used-why-schools-need-to-teach-kids-the-whole-truth-about-copyright/

Check ’em out!

One thought on “More Stuff on the Web We should’ve Reposted Here But Screwed Up & Didn’t

  1. maep says:

    I love the ones on YouTube where they post the entire video, then say, “no copyright infringement intended,” or worse, “no copyright intended.”

    Copyright infringement is not an intent crime, it’s strict liability. That means if you’ve violated it, you’ve violated it, even if you had the best of “intentions,” which really you didn’t, you were stealing someone’s work.

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