RE: [DML] Back to the Future Time Machine Royalties
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RE: [DML] Back to the Future Time Machine Royalties



They would not have to pay royalties for a product that was purchased
and owned by the production company.  Royalties are not paid for the
costumes, the hand props, or even the Burgr King location next to Doc's
garage.  

 

The closest to this I have ever heard of was an instance in a film where
a shot of the Las Vegas Strip featured a giant video billboard with a
picture of Bill Cosby on it.  They had to rotoscope out Bill's image
because his likeness is protected in that instance.

 

Occasionally a manufacturer or company will get involved with a
production for product placement purposes.  Like the Camero in
Transformers.  In this case Chevrolet lent a car to the production and
protected how it was used and depicted, because the car was not
available for purchase.  Money could have changed hands there in either
direction.  If Michael Bay had been able to go to the local Chevy dealer
and buy the car though, or rent one from an owner, then Chevrolet would
have no recourse.

 

More likely would have been the opportunity for the Delorean Motor
company to try to seek damages over the depiction of the car in the film
as unreliable.  They could have sued on the grounds that it damaged the
image of the car, but even that would have been a very tough sell.  

 

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From: gpiltz
Subject: [DML] Back to the Future Time Machine Royalties
Hey All,

I recently watched the great BBC Documentary about the development of 
our favorite piece of automotive history,

Anyway, the documentary got me thinking...

At the time that Bob Z. and Bob G. were developing the first Back to 
the Future film, from whom did they need to get clearance, or pay 
royalties, in order to use the DeLorean as a time machine.


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