Gotham Essential Workshop: Copyright Basics for Filmmakers

Jeanne Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the webinar, “Copyright Basics for Filmmakers,” for The Gotham.

Copyright Basics for Filmmakers

The “Copyright Basics for Filmmakers” webinar will cover copyright issues as it pertains to making films and movies, and more. This webinar will provide an insight into securing with all those who creatively contribute to the film, and clearing third-party copyrights. It will also provide an understanding of when publicity releases are necessary to use the image, voice, or likeness of a person in your film, and how to ensure you have the rights to make a film based on a book.

When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

About The Gotham

The Gotham Film & Media Institute is a not-for-profit dedicated to finding, developing and celebrating the people and projects that shape the future of story.

Founded in 1979 as the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), The Gotham is the largest and long-running not-for-profit of its kind. The Gotham continues to champion the future of storytelling by connecting artists across various media disciplines with essential resources at all stages of their career and projects’ development. The Gotham fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent creative community, represents a growing network of storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 fiction and nonfiction works each year. During its more than 40-year history, The Gotham has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 30,000 filmmakers, including Barry Jenkins, Dee Rees, Laura Poitras, Richard Linklater and Ava Duvernay.

The Gotham offers support to creators in varying stages of their project: funding, development, pre-production, production and distribution. We host narrative and documentary labs, Gotham Week’s Project Forum conference, as well as fiscal sponsorship initiatives. Year-round public programming also offers creative insight as well as technological and business guidance, which includes Filmmaker Magazine, Gotham Week, the Gotham Awards, and the Gotham Labs. The Gotham’s latest initiative, Gotham EDU, is a new virtual internship program working in conjunction with leading colleges and universities.

Across all our activities and programming, The Gotham creates exciting and inclusive opportunities for new and established voices from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, ideological, and sexual perspectives.

About Jeanne Hamburg

Jeanne Hamburg concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law. Resident in Norris McLaughlin’s New York City office, she assists clients in a broad range of industries with their intellectual property needs, but most notably in the media, entertainment, and publishing fields. In each year since 2009, Jeanne has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer®. She is ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, which lists the top 1,000 trademark attorneys in 70 jurisdictions globally. Additionally, the firm was ranked in the Media Law International (MLI) 2021 United States Tier 1 List, the comprehensive guide of leading media law firms and practitioners across 56 global jurisdictions.

In the transactional area, Jeanne is experienced in trademark and copyright licensing, traditional print and online publishing, software development, website development, content licenses, and electronic subscriptions. She has litigated high-profile copyright cases, including one that attracted the attention of the U.S. Copyright Office and one involving the claims of a world-renowned artist seeking to prevent the sale of her incomplete works by a major New York auction house. In both intellectual property and media law matters, Jeanne represents or has represented the largest online publisher of Jewish content in North America, several magazine and newspaper publishers, a well-known university press, a large STM publisher, the owner of a world-famous video game, and a New York-based creative agency collaborating on an immersive project with a renowned photographer. She also negotiates publishing and merchandising deals around the world for a famous children’s book author and handles all U.S. trademark matters for one of the world’s best-known artists. Jeanne chairs the firm’s Internet Law Practice Group. 

Jeanne has spoken to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Rights and Permissions Committee members and before the New York chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA. She frequently writes on topics of interest to those in the publishing industry.

Jeanne is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Mark®, that can be found at

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