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  1. Long, but good video on copyright and fair use. It came from another discussion on whether it was OK to show a laptop in an educational, non commercial movie showing snips of various websites and whether the view of those websites violated copyright infringement. Are you underground? Own no real estate? No steady hi-powered job? Just got the clothes on your back, a few bucks in your wallet, smartphone, a vid cam, laptop and old car? You are probably judgement proof and can do as you like more or less. They wont get anything from you but practice. Especially if you work within what is generally accepted understandings of what fair use is and not intentionally breaking copyright for selling pirated items. Many times the lawyers will go after cases just to try to extract blackmail money even though it would probably decided as 'fair use' in court. But who wants to go to court? So people pay small $$ to settle irritation cases. ...but I'm no lawyer.
  2. Hey all, I was recently drafting my personal contract which I was taking from Imagos template contract for DPs. Here is the template: https://www.imago.org/images/pdfs/CINEMATOGRAPHERS/MODEL%20CONTRACT%20FOR%20AUTHORSHIP%20-%20version.22.01.08.pdf . In article 7.2, its speaks to Copyright Collective Socities. I understand the purpose of these copyright collectives, but after some searching, did not find any socities of note in America that cover motion picture professionals. Since this is from Imago, are these Socities more common in Europe than America? Does anyone have any more info on joining a Copyright collective?
  3. I am producing a student short this summer, and it takes place in the late 90's. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction to see if we can use blockbuster. I've spoken to a few copyright lawyers the ones I can get to call me back, and they said since it is out of business we should be ok but they aren't sure. Does anyone know where I can go or who can talk to and find out for sure?
  4. Hello all, While I was composing music for my short film, I came across an interesting song that I eventually covered with an acoustic guitar. I was so amazed by how great my cover sounds and fits into my film, that I would like to keep it; however, the original song is copyrighted... So my question is, could I implement my cover to the score of the film? A few things to note: -I will be submitting this film to various film festivals -I did not sing any of the original lyrics (nor any lyrics at all, for that matter), I simply strung a guitar to the same tune as the song -If this helps any, the song I covered was "El Condor Pasa" by Simon & Garfunkel Thanks guys, John
  5. Hello all, Here's a question that I would like to know the answer to: I'm preparing to shoot a short film, which will be entered into various film festivals, and there is a scene in the movie in which the protagonist is watching an old Western film (haven't decided on which one yet, but most likely The Wild Bunch (1969)). The movie will mostly be shown in the background, though for a few seconds I plan on shifting focus to show some of the violence from the clip. Now, my question is, would there be any copyright/legal issues with this? I plan on giving full credit to the studios in the final credits. Thanks, John W. King
  6. Hi everyone, I’ve noticed that many media production contracts grant the client full copyright ownership. In my experience it doesn’t have to be this way. Does anyone have any experience in getting a license back clause inserted into their contracts? Thanks!
  7. Hello everyone! This is my first time posting to the forum. I use the site for reference all of the time, but never became a member until now. I'm hoping to gain insight as to the best way to execute the music licensing process as a 26 year old independent filmmaker. The project is funded entirely out of pocket, so as terrifying as it seems, I plan to try and tackle the endeavor on my own. I know that a copyright attorney or clearance company could greatly expedite this, but again I'm trying to keep my costs as low as possible, because I know licensing the music itself won't be cheap. Here is some background information: The song I intend to use is a cover of a popular song from the 1960s. The band that covered the song was a group no one has ever heard of. It was recorded by a company that no longer exists (A1 records [a division of Trans Canada]). The company was sold, sold again, renamed several times and I guess now is a relic of the past somewhere in a basement filing cabinet. I traced the company from the 60s to a large Canadian conglomerate (Quebecor Media) whose subsidiaries control a good portion of the media and entertainment industry in Canada. The company I believe who owns the rights is called Distribution Select. Even if they don't own the rights, hopefully they will be able to point me in the direction of the person who does. I digress. From what I have learned from reading about the subject I have gathered the following: - I need both synchronization rights and master use rights >synchronization to use said music in tandem with my visual imagery >master use to be able to use the specific recording of the song in general - I need to obtain rights for the physical recording of the song, as well as the intellectual property rights. These are usually separate from each other. >contact person who owns the recording (artist or label) >contact intellectual property owners (publisher/songwriter/entity/entities) All of this is still a tad confusing to me, so if I am wrong on any of this, please correct me. Because my song is a cover, which by the way is recorded in a foreign language (French), what rights do I need and from whom? I assume it would be something along these lines… I would need to get both the synchronization rights and the master use rights. Synchronization, I would get from the Canadian company that I hope still has records that they in fact own the song. For the sync rights I would also need to contact the publisher/representative to the party that owns the intellectual property rights to the original song that is being covered. So contact the owner of the recording of the cover, then the covered song's original composer? Who then would I contact for the Master Use rights? Would I need to contact multiple sources, as I did to acquire the sync rights? Sorry, I know this is getting lengthy, but I'm almost done. Lastly, which party do I contact in order to obtain a film festival license, which if I remember correctly has a two year cap? Also I would be interested in looking into some kind of limited use license (for internet and possible small scale future distribution)? Are these licenses' processes ones which involve obtaining rights from multiple parties as well? I know the basic formula is the more exposure the film gets, the more royalties you have to pay out. I also read it is pretty imperative to negotiate all prices for all licenses needed upfront if possible. This is why I am asking so many questions. I'm merely trying to cover my bases and proceed in a correct and educated manner. I apologize if reading all of this made your brain hurt. Thank you (:
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