In our society, which seems to become more complicated every day, it is refreshing to learn that at least one subject has actually become less complex over the years. It may surprise you that Congress brought about this simplicity. I am referring to the Copyright law, codified in Title 17 of the United States Code.
Readers will learn how to decide whether a sound license is required and if so, whom to contact and how. A sample license request letter is provided as a sidebar. Also covered are the differences among synchronization, master use, broadcast and Internet licenses.
Once the Star Wars franchise was sold to Disney, the spin-off genie was destined to be let out of the bottle. The popular Star Wars saga is going to have two familiar characters developed into their own movie spin-offs - is there a possible second and third franchise in the future?
Ken Burns won a battle this week for journalistic rights and won't have to give up his footage to New York City. The well-known award-winning documentary filmmaker was subpoenaed to give up outtake footage from his documentary "The Central Park Five" about a high-profile rape case focused on five men wrongly accused and convicted for the crime another man admitted to. The judge denied NYC's request.
Copyright law is federal law and does not vary from state to state. It protects your video and every individual piece of that video. The protection occurs automatically and immediately when the video is fixed in a tangible medium.
Today's Internet age has fundamentally changed the world of photography and videography, making it both more simple and complex at the same time. On the one hand, websites such as YouTube and Facebook can host your material, making it easy to upload photos and videos and share them instantly with millions of people. This simplicity, however, comes at a cost.