Once upon a time the greatest dancer in Hollywood movies was Fred Astaire. In picture after picture, he astounded, and none of the other Hollywood dancers came close.
However, late in life, he married a young woman who, when he died took control of his estate to such a degree that, after several years, he was forgotten except by film scholars. Other dancers, like Gene Kelly, rose to pre-eminence in people's minds. Fred Astaire's widow tried so hard to control his intellectual property that she relegated him to a back room.
Meanwhile, in contrast, when Walt Disney started Disneyland, he saw the benefit of having every child who came to Disneyland become a wing of Disney's marketing efforts. He said that each child who leaves the park wearing a Mickey Mouse hat is advertising Disneyland.
Recently, I was with a film professor who entered one of those Star Wars mini film contests. Like Disney, these contests recognize that everyone who enters them becomes part of the marketing wing of the Star Wars franchise.
In copyright law, there's tension between two of the best law schools, NYU and Duke. Duke takes the position that there should be freedom of ideas and minimum copyright protections for a minimum period of time, whereas NYU, where I went to law school, takes the position that copyrights should be extended and be in the control of the author of the property. Being an author, I understand this. For many authors, their copyrights are their sources of income. For studios, however, their movies are their sources of income.
On the other hand, there must be a balance. Or, like Fred Astaire, the great actors, directors and authors of the past will be forgotten, relegated to a dusty file in the copyright office.
Dr. Baehr is launching his latest book, "Reel to Real: 45 Movie Devotions for Families," which explores the intersection of biblical truth with meanings of movies. You can learn more at movieguide.org/book.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Dr. Mark Rutland's
National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)
The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!
FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.
The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.