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March 4, 2008

Funding Your Footage Fetish

My client and I didn't sign any paperwork before I shot their company video and there's lots of raw footage leftover that didn't get used. Who owns that footage?

Bill, FL

Now I understand why my high school valedictorian chose a career in intellectual property law (smart bastard).

There are huge gaps with this issue between what the law technically states, how courts have historically ruled and what is considered to be standard business practice between most small businesses and independent video companies. According to research that you should NOT construe as legal advice, the answer is, "Yes," the copyrights to the footage technically belong to you. But before you start uploading the footage onto sites such as our own http://www.stockxpert.com, for example, there are other issues to consider such as model releases, trademarked logos that might be visible in the shots and -- most importantly -- your relationship with your client and crew. An upfront understanding of terms along with signed work-for-hire agreements will always put you in the strongest position all around.

Coming soon to RoyaltyFreeMusic.com customers and subscribers: 43 brand new albums of copyright-free music never before released on RFM including Modern Retail (smooth techno), Web Music Gold (website friendly corporate tracks), Juiced Up (blistering sports metal) and the ENTIRE Flying Hands collection of royalty free stock music. Stay tuned!
Posted 6 years, 8 months ago on March 4, 2008
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