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Ching Pow: Far East Yardies!!

By:
 Charles Nesson and Saptarishi Bandopadhyay   (Published: 2014)
Product number:
APSW06
Length:
6 pages
English:
PDF
Product Type:
Workshop-Based Case Study
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Abstract

Jamaican filmmaker and entrepreneur Bruce Hart set out to make a low-budget box office hit called “Ching Pow: Far East Yardies!!,” a satirical redubbing of a kung fu movie that appeared to be in the public domain. However, with sponsorship secured and production underway, Hart discovered that there existed a copyright holder to the original film. This case follows Hart’s international quest to find the copyright holder and secure permissions to release his movie. Readers will take the stance of Bruce Hart’s lawyers and parse out the distinctions of derivative and orphan works in intellectual property law.

Educators may want to pair this case study with a discussion of the United States’ unique policy of statutory damages in copyright infringement cases.

Subjects Covered

Intellectual property, copyright law, public domain, orphan works, derivative works, film

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a systematic approach to problem solving when faced with an unresolved issue or new situation.
  • Understand the implications of copyright and public domain statutes for the creation of derivative works.
  • Consider what constitutes derivative works and orphan works.
  • Explore the legal options for creating derivative works when rightsholders are unreachable.
  • Consider how to craft a public realm registry of orphan digital works, with the Creative Commons framework as a potential model.

Setting 

Geographic: Jamaica; United States

Industry: Film

Event Start Date: 2010

Hard Copy

For hard copies, please contact Lisa Brem: E-mail: lbrem@law.harvard.edu; Ph: +1-617-495-8689

Educator Materials

A teacher’s manual for this product is available free of charge to educators and staff of degree-granting institutions. For more information about the Problem Solving Workshop at Harvard Law School, contact the Case Studies Program at HLSCaseStudies@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-8689.

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