Taking Stock of Your Stock Footage
Much like crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo have created a platform for individuals to fund projects or receive crowdsourced investments, stock footage websites like Shutterstock or iStockPhoto enable videographers to upload and profit from their footage or obtain previously recorded video for their projects in order to save...
People tossing money into a hat.
There are four main types of crowdfunding: equity-based, donation-based, lending-based and rewards-based.Equity crowdfunding, which is geared toward small company capital raises, provides actual company stock, or equity, in exchange for funding. The financial contributors are actually considered investors rather than backers, and are subject to a regulatory scheme that...
Using Music in Political Campaign Commercials
As political campaigns have become increasingly televised and at times, sensationalized, the use of dramatic music is ever more tempting. However, using theme music for entire political campaigns or even individual debates or town halls has led many musicians to send cease-and-desist letters to, and even go as far...
Freebooting: What to do if Someone Steals your Video
You spend many weeks creating a world-class video — writing a script, amassing props, finding a location, enticing and perhaps paying a troupe of actors, arranging lighting, recording sound, directing talent and crew and, of course, editing, editing, editing. Then you upload your finished video to YouTube and it’s...
Police officers arresting a person
From the New York Police Department to the Los Angeles Police Department, and everywhere in between, police protect and serve the public. They keep us safe at home, at school, and at work, and are always the first to respond to emergency situations. However, given the public scrutiny police...
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Over the years, the U.S. Copyright Office has modified its rules for registering literary works, software, musical works and accompanying words or lyrics, dramatic works, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, and architectural works. The right to protect...
Gavel and Law Book
Creating a documentary or other non-fiction video content often requires hours of research, painstaking attention to detail, and ultimately a desire to find and expose some truth.
<a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-280333p1.html?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Lucian Milasan</a> / <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/editorial?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Shutterstock.com</a>
Years ago, I was on a team of shooters on a wedding reality series produced for a regional lifestyle network.
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When most viewers watch a film with over-the-top movie stunts or an extreme video on YouTube, they might "ooh" or "aah" at the stunts or dangerous activities but their involvement usually ends there. Some daredevils, however, treat such videos as invitations to copy or re-create. Their activities may lead...
Simplicity is often elusive when it comes to legal matters, so it should be no surprise that the answers to questions related to recording video and audio in public places contain few pat answers other than "it's complicated." Indeed, that is because laws, regulations and rules in these matters...

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