How to Not Get Sued: Podcast Edition

I feel like my podcast team doesn’t have any true issues when it comes to Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property deals with creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, images, names and logos used in commerce. IP rights include copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets. My group is formatting our podcast as more as a open conversation or discussion. Podcast group 16’s movie is Pleasantville which is a dystopia on a more deeper/conscious level. The movie is based on a 1950s TV Sitcom, so the dystopian nature of it is disguised as an utopia. Considering the time period the movie is based on, it calls for a deeper conversation to be had when explaining what message the movie is trying to perpetrate. Due to this, my group has decided to make the podcast a conversation that includes analogues, personal thoughts, and connects the movie to readings or articles assigned throughout the course of the semester. Since it is more of an open conversation that is opinion-driven with analysis of outside works and our personal understanding of a dystopian society- there’s not much “stealing” of other creatives going on. We are aware not to use any music or jingles that may go against any copyright agreements. We’re also making sure that we hit certain points in our conversation that will allow us to stay on topic and not steer off course. We also are going to keep in mind the fair use checklist, IP, and copyright law. Our podcast is mostly original thought and discussion with some guiding questions or points, so there’s really not much room for discrediting anyone. If credit needs to be given or due, we’ll adhere to the fair use which allows for users of copyrighted work to reuse and reproduce copyrighted material in the appropriate manner. 

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