Writers’ Contracts for Digital Content and Other Publications: Drafting & Negotiating Key Terms


CLE credits earned: 3 GENERAL (or 3 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

In this course, you will learn the basic “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of advising your author-client when there is a potentially career-making film option deal on the table.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Retaining film rights/added rights/ancillary rights in the client’s publishing deal
•   Knowing your negotiating leverage, and explaining that to your client
•   Taking advantage of available high-tech rights (e.g., virtual reality, video games)
•   Obtaining rights in merchandising
•   Negotiating specific provisions

Date / Time: March 17, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Recording Date: October 1, 2019

Barry Oliver Chase, Esq. is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. While at Yale, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the leading national collegiate Honor Society, and was a Ranking Scholar (top 10%) during the majority of his eight semesters before graduating from Yale magna cum laude. At Harvard, Mr. Chase earned his JD degree cum laude.

Mr. Chase began his legal career with a large Washington, D.C. law firm (now known as Wilmer Hale), focusing his practice on Communications and First Amendment law. During this time, Mr. Chase represented such media giants as CBS, the Times-Mirror Company, Capital Cities Communications and Time, Inc. In connection with his First Amendment work, Mr. Chase represented journalists who came under fire during the famous Watergate litigation before Judge John Sirica. He also represented journalists in the course of the criminal proceedings which resulted in the historic resignation from office of Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Mr. Chase later became Associate General Counsel of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). In that capacity, he dealt with national and international television program and music rights, on-air legal issues relating to the First Amendment, the Fairness Doctrine, Equal Time and defamation, and program funding. After two years in the PBS Counsel’s Office, he was asked to become Director of PBS’s News and Public Affairs Programming, which resulted in his becoming the top national PBS programming executive (Vice President for Programming) in the late 1980s. During this chapter of his career, Mr. Chase was frequently called upon to speak for PBS in interviews with news services such as CNN and “Entertainment Tonight,” and in numerous publications ranging from The New York Times to USA Today. In 1991, he re-located to South Florida, becoming the Senior Vice-President of National Production for South Florida’s PBS affiliate.

After leaving television and film production in 1995, Mr. Chase returned to the practice of law in Miami. He has represented Spanish- and English-language television and radio stars; Spanish- and English-language production companies; Spanish- and English-language recording artists; fine artists; art galleries; composers; record companies; and filmmakers, models, authors and screenwriters. He lectures regularly on representation of media personalities and the “do’s and don’t’s” of music, television and film production. His early on-line Continuing Legal Education courses, including “Representing Media Personalities” and “Negotiating the Artist-Manager Relationship,” have been used by lawyers across the country as authoritative guides in those fields. He is the author of e-books entitled “The Five Dangers of Signing a ‘360’ Deal;” “Three Things You MUST Know About Music Copyrights;” “For Musical Artists: Three Steps To DIY Success”; and “The Six Things You Must Do Before Spending Your Money On A Music Video.” His most recent Law Review article is The FCC’s Indecency Jurisdiction: A Stale Blemish on The First Amendment, 39 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 697 (2013).

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Section I. Retaining film rights/added rights/ancillary rights in the client’s publishing deal

Section II. Knowing your negotiating leverage, and explaining that to your client

Section III. Taking advantage of available high-tech rights (e.g., virtual reality, video games)

Section IV. Obtaining rights in merchandising

Section V. Negotiating specific provisions