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Well This Is Funny...

Because copyrights allow for monopolies over "derivative works", a single producing entity often ties up the rights to copyrighted books at any given time. No direct competition is allowed to see who can produce the best adaptation (unless the underlying work is in the public domain).

With that in mind, I had to chuckle to myself when I read the news that the producer of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" has started shooting the project with a mere $5-million budget and a crew that likely ensures a quiet direct-to-video release (if that).

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=67024

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/06/14/atlas-shrugged-is-filming-one-tree-hills-paul-johansson-starring-and-directing/

The producer was forced to rush this thing into production now - otherwise he would lose the rights altogether after tying them up for nearly 20 years.


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