Flint, MI asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Michigan

Q: Can I get sued for writing a non-fiction book about a tv show without the show's permission?

I was hired by a publisher to write a non-fiction book on a very popular television show where I discuss the history of the show, the themes, the characters and provide my opinion on each of the series episodes. Publisher states because I'm providing an opinion there is absolutely no copyright violation. I disagree, and believe we still need the show's permission to write this book. Who is correct?

1 Lawyer Answer
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta

A: Your concerns are valid. You should consider seriously getting permission. Make sure the hiring party give you a contract where they take full responsibility or liability. Consult with an attorney before doing anything.

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