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#1 Matt Serrins

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 12:23 AM

Hi,

I'm wondering about the procedure for getting the rights to short stories. Is it as simple as contacting the author? The publisher? Does anybody have any experience with this? Obviously it's not feasible for me to spend big bucks.

I guess I'm also wondering how realistic this is. Is this possible if you're not enrolled at a big name film school? And does every short film based on a short story on the festival circuit clear rights? Who polices the system? It seems like every year someone is making a Carver story into a short (which then plays at festivals), and I wonder whether they have the rights.

I know that personal or educational use films aren't subject to the same copyright issues, but what about for the festival circuit? Thanks for any info.

Matt
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