Screenwriting 101: Protecting Your Screenplay


By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) There is nothing more exhilarating than finishing that polished screenplay and getting it out there for people to read, and hopefully make into a movie. While there are plenty of honest people in Hollywood, there are just as many people ready to steal your screenplay … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Protecting Your Content From Copyright Infringement


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Recently we ran a story about Sony going after a content creator on YouTube who had licensed his 4K video to them for a music video made me think that we really needed a Filmmaking 101 segment on how to make sure your content is protected online. What do you do … [Read more...]

Content Creators Lobbying YouTube For Fair Use Exemptions

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you haven't heard, just after the first of the year, YouTube enacted a more restrictive copyright control policy which has been wreaking havoc with content creators being able to provide reviews, let's play videos, and other content which run afoul of the new … [Read more...]

doddleTALKS TECH: Steven H. Wilson and the Axanar Copyright Debate


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you raise over $1.2 million through crowdfunding to create a professional-grade film for the Internet, you're going to grab headlines. But, if you do it to make a fan film based on someone else's copyright and trademark, you're going to get sued. That's the subject … [Read more...]

YouTube Increases Royalty Free Audio Library


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) YouTube has increased the size of their royalty free audio library by nearly ten fold. That's good news for filmmakers and YouTubers, who now have even more choice for adding a soundtrack to their videos that won't run afoul of any copyright claims. … [Read more...]

IndieVice Kickstarter Cancelled Due To Photo Claim; Promise New Campaign Soon


IndieVice's creators promise a new campaign soon By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Do you remember the IndieVice? That cool iPhone cage lens thingy that could turn your smart phone into a serious cinematography tool? Well, the creators were right in the middle of their Kickstarter campaign when it … [Read more...]

MPAA Ruling Gives The ITC Piracy Powers


MPAA To Go After Torrent Sites Overseas By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Although the MPAA has friends in Congress and the European Union that have managed to keep torrent sites like The Pirate Bay on the legal run, the industry trade organization wants more powers to combat piracy. Lobbying for … [Read more...]

Beastie Boys win $1.7 million in copyright case vs. Monster Beverage

By Nate Raymond and Bernard Vaughan - NEW YORK (Reuters) Beastie Boys' fight for their right to not let Monster Beverage Corp use the hip-hop group's music without their permission resulted in a verdict of $1.7 million (1.01 million pounds) on Thursday. A federal jury in Manhattan issued the … [Read more...]

YouTube Vets Warn that Video Portal is No Friend to Content Providers


Diversifying to your own portal may be the answer By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Several high profile veteran YouTubers are warning that as 2013 comes to a close, the video portal that has provided for them not only an outlet for their creativity - as well as a fairly decent living - is no real … [Read more...]

Broadcasters Go After Aereo Clone FilmOn


Claims illegally retransmits broadcast signals online By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Lobbyists for Fox, NBC and ABC are in Washington DC, seeking an injunction in Federal court against Aereo clone FilmOn, which they claim illegally retransmits broadcast television signals by … [Read more...]

Litepanels Win LED Patent Case

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Competing overseas imports to be blocked without licensing agreements By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The Litepanels Plutarchian battle against overseas competitors importing similar, and cheaper, lights into the United States has ended, with Litepanel being granted an injunction that blocks … [Read more...]

LitePanels Suing For A Technological Monopoly


LED Company could receive a largely Pyrrhic victory By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined." - Plutarch King Pyrrhus of Epirus waged a costly battle against the invading Romans and won.  But cost of his victory was so … [Read more...]

Hollywood Strikes Back by Suing Dish over Skipping DVR

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We all know the old saying .... those who do not learn from history are forever doomed to repeat it.  So when CBS, NBC and FOX filed suit in Federal Court against DISH Network saying that it's commercial skipping AdHop DVR violated copyright and breached their … [Read more...]