Own-it | Intellectual Property Know-How for Creative Businesses

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Published 22.04.08 at 19:30

Verbatim theatre and 'real-life' stories are more popular than ever, but intellectual property rights, copyright, privacy and defamation laws can be a minefield. Who owns what is often complex, leaving many good stories and ideas mired in legal battles before they have begun.

If you want to use a true story or a real person as inspiration or as the basis for a piece of work, what do you need to be aware of? And where do you begin?

Speakers were Harry Karaolou, lawyer at LG LLP; Jatinder Verma, artistic director at Tara Arts; Suzanne Gorman, director of Soho Connect, and Justin Young, the author of Moonwalking in Chinatown.

The event took place at Soho Theatre in April 2008.

The podcast is downloadable in two parts.

Please note that these podcasts discuss the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. They provide general information only and are not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

Photo credit: Amir Taj

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