Copyrighted items in shot- Fair Use?

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    • #38863

      If I shoot footage in which copyright material such as posters, paintings, or logos on clothing are in the frame is it copyright or trademark infringement? Suppose they are well in the background and even somewhat out of focus? If this is still infringement, can I use the shot if I blur out the object? I don’t understand where the law draws the line, so any guidance is welcomed, so long as you can support it with knowledge or experience.


    • #168765

      If you specifically focus on a poster its infringement. If it in the background and incidental to what you are shooting, its fine.

    • #168766

      Is this only when using it as news or education etc. right? Imovies need permission or get money for it don’t they? OrCan you sell it as royalty free stock?

    • #168767

      read up on fair use, if the item is trademarked/copyrighted then approach the owner.

      Me, personally, I always start by offering “product placement” advertising for a nominal fee.

      (everybody these days has an autoreflex to distrust anybody that wants something for nothing, but feels victorious if they think they won you over on a good deal).

    • #168768

      Ok I have a question. I have a clip I want to sell as stock footage on a disc with other footage. The clip in question has a group of people riding by in a horse drawn carriage. Most of the people in the shot I doubt you could tell who they are, but one lady turned and looked right in the camera as the carriage passed by in the shot.

      Do I need to hunt this woman down and get a release so I can add this clip to the disc, or since this was shot on a public street, is it ok?

      The carriage is the main focus of the shot. The people were tourist.

    • #168769

      I did a quick look around (googled) and I couldn’t find anything pertaining to stock footage. It is a rather awkward situation though and it appears, in the USA, that states can have different laws about using faces and likeneses.

      For the last month or so I’ve bee reading about best practices on the See if you think that stuff applies to your situation.


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