Why do You Need Release Forms?
The truth is, you don't always need a model release form. The question is, when do you have to cover your assets, and when can you shoot freely? Hopefully, we'll be able to shed some light on some of the confusion. When it comes to video production and the...
First Amendment Rights: New Ruling on Recording Police
Your First Amendment Rights New rulings states you cant get arrested for videotaping police, politicians, and other government officials. Youve read many stories right here in Videomaker and other publications about someone with a camcorder witnessing a confrontation with police and these witnesses holding that camcorder do what anyone...
Wedding Legalities
Despite the economy, wedding planners, caterers, florists and more who are involved with wedding productions are surviving, if not thriving. That is also the case for still and video producers. Along with the opportunity to be part of this profitable business come responsibilities and potential liabilities. This article outlines...
What's Legal: Location Legalities
You can shoot video at many locations without needing pricey permits and going through long application processes but how do you know if you are able to film on private or public properties? What rights must you obtain before doing so? Which offices can you turn to in order...
Video in the Courtroom
The reward one receives when producing video for the courtroom is both financial and satisfying in the knowledge that you have helped someone who has been wronged to receive some degree of justice due to an incident that has altered their lives for ever. When we consider the subject of...
You may think that shooting weddings is all about the ceremony, but there is a lot more involved than meets the eye. We will go over the legalities associated with wedding video production to protect yourself and your client before you shoot their big day.
FCC Laws and Wireless Mics
Wireless systems have been around since the 1980s and digital television is here to stay, but the fallout still remains. Countless legacy devices became instantly obsolete in February and June of last year while others are phasing out over time. One device of particular interest to video producers is...
Jennifer shows you how to make sound effects free of royalty and copyright problems.
How can I Legally Videotape the Happiest Place on Earth? I have a question for your legal experts. I am producing a documentary that is essentially a video tour of my favorite theme park. I've included clips of the rides, shows, and other attractions. I plan to market the video...
Tricky Legal Stuff Again 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...