Contract negotiations-are they written differently these days?

Scott Strang

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Since I've read several times that a release may be on VHS but not DVD due to a contractual restriction, I was wondering about this.
Are more being written today with newer talent that have a provision that says something like "this film may be released on VHS, DVD or any other potential future format..."
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David Lambert

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As I've mentioned in another thread, I hope any re-worded agreements these days include language concerning rights of items that could be used as supplements, like trailers, music videos, behind-the-scenes stuff, etc.
I DON'T encourage that the agreement show that "everything is proprietary to the party that owns the movie". Things are not always cut-and-dried like that, and blanket rights agreements are rarely fair.
I just encourage that the language spell out who gets what in exact terms, and suggests methods for tracking down rights-holders as that ownership shifts parties, and maybe methods of arbitration when items which to be licensed but agreement can't be made for compensation.
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