Details & Samples

This unique 4-volume DVD set gives you decades of practical knowledge condensed into 6½ hours of video (the equivalent of 26+ consultation hours or a semester-long college-level course in intellectual property law and the business of motion pictures and television! (The one most schools don’t offer.)  Best of all, you can access it 24 hours a day/7 days a week!

Click an image below to see a sample video for that volume.

VOLUME ONE discusses factors that may help you determine when to set up your company and what form it should take. Included is important information about managing your business, hiring employees, and planning for success. Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. BONUS: 141 page companion e-book.


  • Introduction to the Video Series
  • The Entertainment Lawyer’s Role
  • Phases of Filmmaking Legal Work

Setting Up Your Company

  • Types of Business Entities
  • Fictitious Business Names
  • Corporations
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Where to Form Your Entity
  • Legal Formalities
  • Independent Contractor or Employee?
  • Volunteers and Interns
  • Unions
  • Planning for Success
  • Formal Business Plans


No matter how good your movie, if you don’t own all the rights to its elements, you can’t sell it. In the two videos in VOLUME TWO, you’ll learn about the rights you need and how to get them, so there’ll be no surprises when it comes time to deliver your picture to a distributor. Approximately 2 hours, 52 minutes. BONUS: 235 page companion e-book.

Rights, Part 1

  • Introduction to Rights for Filmmakers
  • Types of Rights Filmmakers Need
  • Basics of Copyright
  • Copyrightable Works
  • Work for Hire
  • Public Domain
  • Copyright Application-Screenplay
  • Copyright Application-Motion Picture
  • Copyright vs. WGA Registration
  • Elements of Copyright Infringement
  • Depicting Historical Events
  • Fair Use

Rights, Part 2

  • A Bundle of Rights
  • Chain of Title
  • Music Licenses
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
  • Rights of Personality and Identity
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Right of Publicity
  • Clearances


VOLUME THREE teaches you about deal making, a useful skill for success in the entertainment industry. Includes guidelines for strategy and tactics that work in the real world, as well as insight into language and customs unique to motion picture and television negotiations. Approximately 37 minutes.  BONUS: 73 page companion e-book.


  • Preparing for Negotiation
  • Considering Possible Outcomes
  • Analyzing Alternatives
  • Overall Strategy
  • The Discussion Phase
  • Positioning
  • Negotiation Styles
  • Closing the Deal
  • Keith Cooper’s Rules


VOLUME FOUR covers the law of contracts and the types of contracts you’re likely to come across in the motion picture industry. The principles discussed apply to documentaries as well as scripted narratives, and to all size budgets. This video arms you with knowledge to keep you out of trouble, and can help you determine what you need from a lawyer.

The companion e-book on this disk contains information not included on the video, as well as samples of many types of contracts you are likely to need in the production of an independent film. [CAVEAT: The sample contracts included are not intended to apply to any particular situation and do not substitute for a lawyer.] Approximately 1 hour, 27 minutes. BONUS: 185 page e-book.


  • What is a Contract?
  • Implied Contract in Idea Submission
  • Forming a Contract
  • Other Contract Requirements
  • Who Needs a Contract?
  • Essential Contract Terms
  • What is an Independent Contractor?
  • Consideration
  • Representations and Warranties
  • Example: Agreement for a Script
  • Purchase Agreements
  • Determining Credits