Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Lisa A. Flate


The distribution of films, specifically independent films, over the Internet often violates the distribution rights of multiterritorially distributed films created before Internet distribution was foreseeable. This article explores the history and development of Internet-distributed entertainment, what Internet distribution means to the independent film industry, how new technology clauses have been interpreted and why Internet distribution requires a fresh construction of these clauses, as well as the role technology plays in preventing problems with Internet distribution. The author poses an equitable solution to make Internet distribution possible and lucrative for all parties under United States and international copyright laws.