Slumblog John

John McGonagle , an assistant in Brodies’ Technology Information and Outsourcing Group has had an article published in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland about TV show formats and associated intellectual property rights.
It was prompted by watching the movie Slumdog Millionaire and in John’s words
“While watching Slumdog Millionaire the intellectual property lawyer is struck by several typically pedantic thoughts. Isn’t this blatant product placement of the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Are the film makers allowed to do this? Did the film makers have to pay the company which makes Millionaire? Did the company which makes Millionaire pay the film makers? And if this is all it takes to win some Oscars, then what’s to stop me making a film based around The Weakest Link? These questions may seem flippant, but they raise serious legal issues.”
Originally posted 28/05/09

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