Shoot with Caution: Video, the Law and You

Shoot with Caution: Video, the Law and You


How about a real example?

I'd like to use a song from the Disney Movie "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs" to accompany some footage I took of wildlife in Africa.  "Heigh-Ho" would make some hard-working insects look like movie stars, and be a lot more fun compared to the royalty-free music I typically use.  

The three-minute movie would be submitted to some not-for-profit amateur movie festivals, and I'd like to put it on youtube.

Who would I contact for the rights?  I know it involves both the author and performer.  And how much would I expect to pay?

If you make a parody and

Panda's picture

If you make a parody and record it yourself, then nothing. If you want to use it, you need to contact Harry Fox Agency. The cost is dependent on if you re-record it, or use a copy.

Can I shoot signs of business on the street?

Halie0201's picture

I'd like to use the city scenes with the shop signs in my video. It will be some KTV signs, signs of some restaurants and so on. It will last for 1-2 seconds and the whole video will be around 40 minutes. Can I do it?

Incidental street music in video clips of street life/events

Veter's picture

I have shot a number of street scenes where music is heard playing from a nearby shop or whatever, and when posting on you-tube it gets challenged for copyright. I have no control over what is played on the streets - do such incidental street sounds still have copyright limitations?