Jamie, thanks a lot, you were a real help! As to the photoplay, they used it as a short name for the first movie made based on the book, so I suspected that had to be a synonym. Concerning fotoroman: I got 100+ hits on Google, so it´s at least used if not formally recognized.
As to theatrical distributor, I think I´ll go for "filmovy distributor".
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Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Czechlist] TERMS: Movie legalese
In a message dated 1/4/02 5:35:15 AM, martinjanda@... writes:
>I am facing a tricky movies copyright contract. Would you help?
I'll try, but you'll have to put them into Czech.
>Know all men by these presents: That... Potvrzujeme tímto, Ze ???
>(context: a general preamble cliche, something like Whereas. Strange, I
>have never seen this before, but there was a plenty of Google hits.)
This is on my dad's will and on his trust documents. The expression must go
back centuries. Your "potvrzujeme" clause is probably okay, but the original
expression indicates that the document is meant to confirm the contents of
the contract to the whole public.
>positive print pozitivni kopie ???
I think so. In other words, not a photographic negative.
>photonovel : fotoroman ???
>(A book of photos from the film with dialogues in balloons, something like
>a comics but not hand-drawn)
If "fotoroman" is acceptable Czech, then that's what it would be. The term
"novel" has come to be used more and more in a comic book context. For
example, there are more expensive Batman and Superman comics with a higher
quality of artwork, and they are intended for adults. These are called
"graphic novels", so I think "fotoroman" would probably work.
>theatrical distributor distributor (filmu)???
>What I found in Google is a distributor having experience with story´s
>threatre presentation - but if you check several lists of TDs, they are
>mostly large movie distributing companies
Be careful, because there is more than one type of film distributor nowadays.
The theatrical distributor would supply the film to the kino. This may or
may not be the same company that provides it to the video store.
>Publisher ' s Release Souhlas nakladatele?
>(A list of previous publications of the book)
"Release" is tricky. If it means publication of a book, then it would mean
something like "vydani". However, "release" can also mean permission to do
or use something. For example, when a photographer takes pictures of models
or individuals in public for use in an advertisement or magazine, those he
needs those people to sign a "release form" giving him legal permission to
use their image in print. Before I would leave chaperone by myself a "vylet"
for my high school kids in Marianske Lazne, someone would write up a document
stating that I was not legally responsible for any injuries, deaths or
pregnancies that occurred during the trip. That is also a type of release,
because it releases me from legal liability. I can't tell from what you gave
here whether "release" means "souhlas" or "vydani".
>Photoplay - film
>(just a fancy word for the a movie, correct or wrong?)
Absolutely not. I would need more context, but I'm almost 100% certain this
does not mean "film". "Photoplay" was the name of a movie fan magazine about
half a century ago, but that doesn't exist anymore. It could mean screenplay
... Wait a minute! Webster's New World College Dictionary contradicts me,
saying that "photoplay" is an "early name for film". That's news to me! I
can't imagine it would still be used today, but there it is. It must be used
now for something slightly different from "film", maybe something like a
screenplay? Check for nuance.
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