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Just curious ….

As to how copyright works with television.

Examples:
1. This morning to advertise “Wizards of Waverly Place – The Movie” the channel used the Harry Potter theme music
2. KT Tunstall song – “Suddenly I See” – usage in the movie “The Devil wears Prada” and the Chase commercial

Few of the mister’s discoveries:
3. Clair de lune’s piece used in Ocean’s Eleven
4. A million of Mozart’s and Beethoven’s symphony’s used in advertisements and background scores in movies (If you think you haven’t heard Mozart and Beethoven, you will be surprised when you start listening to their music.)

So does the original composer get credit, when his/her music piece is used? How does it translate to monetary benefits?

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The past three movies I have seen have been adaptations from best-selling/prize-winning books:

– Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
– Confessions of a Shopaholic
– To Kill a Mocking Bird

#1 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – There was a lot of hoopla around this movie. I must say I was rather excited too. Re-read the book all over again (I have lost count of the number of times), in preparation for the movie. Unfortunately, the movie was a bit of a let-down. While I would see the movie again and tremendously admired Hermione’s and Snape’s acting, I would still not rate this as the best Harry Potter movie. I would rate the book as one of the best book in the series, though.

#2 – Confessions of a Shopaholic – Loved the book and liked the movie too. Though the movie was a fair bit different than the book (the book is based in London and the movie was based in NYC), I think it was adapted well. It made me want to re-read the entire series all over again (Just love the Rebecca Bloomwood character, cause I suppose, I could never be like her!). At least it was engrossing and did not miss the big events (clearly the HP sequel, lacked a whole lot in this department).

#3 – To Kill a Mocking Bird – Oh! Wow! Classic adaption of the book! All the characters played their roles to perfection. And Gregory Peck! The most brilliant actor I have seen! I have yet to see a movie starring Gregory Peck that is not good (Ok, you sadists, you need not take this seriously and point me in the direction of some!). Black and white, clean music and clean scenes do hold their charm, to-date.

Oh, and the reason I chose to talk about these three books and their movie adaptations, is because all three books are fantastic reads. And if you like the books, do not forget to catch “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.

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