Title

Derivable Works

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

UCLA Law Review

Publication Date

Fall 2020

ISSN

0041-5650

Page Number

122

Keywords

copyright, trademark law, sequels, derivative products

Disciplines

Intellectual Property Law | Law

Abstract

From sequels and spin-offs to physical merchandise, copyright and trademark law together give a creative work's owner exclusive control over a range of derivative products. This article argues that, under the right conditions, that control can tilt artistic investment away from standalone works and toward the ones that are most likely to generate future derivatives. It explores this phenomenon through a case study of the U.S. film industry.

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