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Depositions & The Discovery Process

Hope you enjoyed part 8 on the Statute of Limitations in our series on Idea Theft . Welcome to Part 9 on depositions and the discovery process. Recall that copying involves the factual issue of whether the defendant actually used the plaintiff’s work in… Continue Reading →

The Statute of Limitations (aka Prescription)

Hope you enjoyed part 7 on damages in our series on Idea Theft . Welcome to Part 8 on Prescription or the Statue of Limitations. A statute of limitations, known in civil law systems such as Quebec as a prescriptive period, is a law… Continue Reading →

The Paradox of Damages in Legal Cases

Hope you enjoyed part 6 on copyright infringement precedents featuring the concept of implied contracts, and the expectation of good faith dealing in our series on Idea Theft . Welcome to Part 7 on Damages. Estimating Damages in an Injunction When I wrote… Continue Reading →

You Can’t Handle the Truth

Hope you enjoyed part 5 in our series on Idea Theft. Welcome to Part 6 on Copyright Infringement Precedents and Implied Contracts. If in this series I have mentioned – on the World Wide Web for all people to see – an idea… Continue Reading →

Hollywood Perfected the Art of Gaslighting

Hope you enjoyed part 4 on how victims are exposed, and expose themselves to Idea Theft. Welcome to Part 5. The Evolution of Storytelling Before launching WatchMojo, I wanted to produce scripted stories: comedy and drama. When WatchMojo turned ten in 2016,… Continue Reading →

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Hope you enjoyed part 3 on Diplomacy in our series on Idea Theft. Welcome to Part 4, which explains how victims expose themselves to Idea Theft in the first place. A Brave New World I’m not trying to be the Ronan Farrow of… Continue Reading →

The Art of Not Taking Shit From Anyone

In the past, I’ve occasionally published a noteworthy memo or letter, be it internally from my day-to=day job or something epic and noteworthy I wish to reference in the future. This is from a legendary letter screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (of… Continue Reading →

Diplomacy v Intimidation: Ways People Are Intimidated to Shut Up

Hope you enjoyed part 2 of our series on Idea Theft, welcome to Part 3. Picasso was known to say: “Good artists create, great artists steal.” At least he admitted it! When someone takes your project and develops it without… Continue Reading →

Hollywood is About Ideas & Relationships; Equality & Justice Be Damned

Hope you enjoyed part 1 of our series on Idea Theft, welcome to Part 2. Hollywood likes to project its utopian ideals, but the reality is it has a foundation rooted in piracy and a history of fostering inequality. A day of reckoning… Continue Reading →

Insecurities: The Muslim & the Jews

In this latest piece in the Insecurities series, I open up about how many of us sub-consciously try to endear others in our journey to appease ourselves. The Dersh and I? Alan Dershowitz and I probably disagree on more than… Continue Reading →

The Paradox of Hollywood’s Piracy Roots

The origins of Hollywood are rooted in skirting the law Analog production and distribution of media was the original, quintessential rights management tool, making the reproduction of content challenging. Digitization – via the rise of computers, internet, world wide web… Continue Reading →

Bring Down The Establishment

Don’t believe the hype: Covid will accelerate the democratization of the movie industry via Personalization, Curation & Customization. For about a decade, journalists have spent their time navel gazing wondering about the future of their profession even though ironically, today… Continue Reading →

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