documentaries and their legalities

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by bjanko, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. bjanko

    bjanko Guest

    Anything online where I can pick the brains of other documentary
    filmmakers in regards to legal issues related to the sale or lease of
    my film to either a distributor or broadcaster? It seems there are an
    awful lot of permissions to "get".

    I was told that whoever "picked up" my film would take care of those
    things. While that might be the case, in part, it seems like I should
    take care of this as much as possible before an online session. (My
    project is currently being edited at low-res, the source tapes being
    miniDV and DVCam.)

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    bjanko, Jun 3, 2005
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  2. "bjanko" wrote ...
    May already be too late. Do you have signed, legal releases for all
    the identifable people that appear on screen? For the locations?
    For any copyright items (artwork, music, etc.)? How hard would it
    be to go back and get them?

    I was told that whoever "picked up" the production would want
    to see all the releases before they even agreed to "pick it up".
    Otherwise, it is not a viable commercial property, is it?
    Richard Crowley, Jun 3, 2005
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  3. bjanko

    bjanko Guest


    Have you been thru this before? Have you produced any docu or other
    films, partic. that were picked up for distrib or broadcast.

    Also, do you know of any other online forums where these things are
    discussed? specifically?

    bjanko, Jun 3, 2005
  4. I have produced programs that involved shooting the public
    and shooting copyright items, but not for public release.
    I have also produced programs for public release, but where
    everything was under our control, so there were no release
    Right here in this newsgroup. Try Google for the internet
    and Google Groups to search and
    for past discussions involving the
    topics like "rights" and "releases" and similar key words.
    There are most likely books on the subject of the legal issues
    of video production.
    Richard Crowley, Jun 3, 2005
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