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In many ways, we are living in a golden age of entertainment. The production of new films and short-form programming is on the rise. New means of distribution are being created by long-term market participants and new entrants. And the industry is turning its attention to diverse viewpoints and yet-to-be-told stories.

These exciting developments, however, inextricably lead to assertions that new productions have been created by copying or drawing on material created by others. Such claims (whether based in copyright law or contract law or otherwise) have long existed, but the number of lawsuits being filed may be growing.

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