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Old 09-23-2010, 05:03 PM
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Default Legal rights to video footage

Do I have the rights to any video footage I'VE taken? Or can anyone use it to their benefit and keep possession of it?
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:08 PM
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Basically if you shot it, it is yours to do with what you want. If the video involves a situation that you set up and "directed" the participant(s) in the video you will have to have a release from the person(s) in the video. Basically if it is a video of people performing their usual daily activities in public with no input from you, there is no release required.

Others usually may not use material you produced through your own effort. The key is usually the apparent offending party using your work product for their own profit without your permission and usually some type of remuneration for you. There are a few considerations where this does not apply - fair use for educational purposes without paying or getting permission.

Could you give a bit more information about the video and/or situation?
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:05 PM
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Default Try to get permission if you can...

... especially if you're featuring a specific person. If you're doing it for someone else and getting paid, a release is a MUST. If someone pays you to take pictures of their wedding or their new product, that is considered a "work-for-hire." As such, THEY own the content. Normally, this isn't a big deal but if you are wanting to advertise or build a portfolio, you'll want to show people pictures you've taken.

Protect your content. Have any clients sign a release that specifies that YOU own the content and that they are licensed to use the content under whatever conditions you specify.

Here's another link that helps with what you can take pictures of without permission:
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