I've just finished Mark Levy's very informative article, What's Legal, in the January issue of Videomaker. My "masterpieces" are travel vignettes that benefit greatly from the use of familiar music. I show them in my living room, and I give copies to my travel companions. Friends often suggest that I enter them into contests. Trying to obtain permission is incredibly complex, and the same video with royalty-free music simply doesn't have the same impact.
Yeah, Videomaker IS Cool! What a cool mag and Web site. You are truly the best video mag going. But I have a question. In your Videomaker Presents video program, why just talking heads? You've obviously got the gear and know-how to do B-roll, get closeups of products, etc. The rear screen is hard to see, the guys describing products do ok, but with the actual product in hand, they'd be so much better and the production would be far more effective.