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Can You be Sued for Inaccuracies in Your Video?

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.
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How to Copyright Your Video

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...
What's Legal: When Are Background Sounds With A Copyright In Video Clips OK?

What’s Legal: When Are Background Sounds With A Copyright In Video...

The scenario is simple: background music, either live or recorded, is playing while you are videotaping a scene. Explaining the law in regards to...
Freebooting: What to do if Someone Steals your Video

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...
Video Misuse and the Law

What You Can Do When Your Video is Misused Online

Cyberbullying and nonconsensual pornography (otherwise known as “revenge porn”) are two of the most common ways in which videos are misused online to harm...
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Fair Use Limitations – Best Practices for Shooting Video

Years ago, I was on a team of shooters on a wedding reality series produced for a regional lifestyle network.
Taking Stock of Your Stock Footage

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...
How to Use Someone's Likeness Safely in Your Social Media Video

How to Safely Use Someone’s Likeness in Your Social Media Video

It’s safe to say that almost everyone is on social media. We post videos of ourselves and our friends often without thinking about it. But what happens when that video goes viral and suddenly becomes a source of revenue? How can we avoid the legal complications that might accompany such success?
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Video Production Insurance: An Absolutely Necessary Evil

Just as you wouldn’t drive a car without insurance, you should also never shoot without it either. Of course, we’re not saying you need...
How to Pass the FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test for Drone Pilots

How to Pass the FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test for Drone...

You may ask yourself, do I need to be certified to fly a drone? What all is required to become certified? How can I...

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Starting a Video Business

If you're thinking about going from amateur status to professional video producer but you're not sure where to start, this course is for you....
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SAG-AFTRA: Should you hire union? Here’s what New York labor attorney Wendy LaManque thinks

Your decision to work with SAG-AFTRA or other unions will directly impact your talent pool, budget, daily schedule, overall timeline and many other factors.

How does fair use apply to fan fiction video?

Can you legally create and distribute fan fiction that uses existing plots and characters from your favorite books, shows and movies? And if so, to what extent and under what circumstances?

The importance of video release forms when recording people

Whether you’re working on a documentary, hip hop music video, or social media ad, certain components are key. If you’re recording people, you must make sure they sign a release form.
Adding “LLC” to the end of your business name can also give your company some additional credibility.

How to Set Up Your LLC

Admittedly, determining how your business will be organized is not nearly as exciting as picking your company name, creating a logo or building a sleek website. Yet, a proper business structure will help you maximize profits, minimize risk and get all the boring stuff...
No matter how you go about your contract, the most important thing is that you actually devote time and attention to it.

How to Write a Comprehensive Video Production Contract

Have you ever asked yourself whether your contract was good enough? If you’re like most freelancers or small business owners, you probably don’t have the time or, frankly, the desire, to deal with something as mundane as a contract. And, for the most part,...
Video Misuse and the Law

What You Can Do When Your Video is Misused Online

Cyberbullying and nonconsensual pornography (otherwise known as “revenge porn”) are two of the most common ways in which videos are misused online to harm others. Arming yourself with knowledge of the laws, policies and legal developments surrounding these types of video misuse can empower...
How to Use Someone's Likeness Safely in Your Social Media Video

How to Safely Use Someone’s Likeness in Your Social Media Video

It’s safe to say that almost everyone is on social media. We post videos of ourselves and our friends often without thinking about it. But what happens when that video goes viral and suddenly becomes a source of revenue? How can we avoid the legal complications that might accompany such success?
The Legal Dos and Don’ts of Crowdfunding Videos

The Legal Dos and Don’ts of Crowdfunding Videos

So you’ve decided to raise money for your creative project through crowdfunding. You’ve researched different crowdfunding methods, chosen a platform that fits your needs,...
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How to Pass the FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test for Drone Pilots

How to Pass the FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test for Drone...

You may ask yourself, do I need to be certified to fly a drone? What all is required to become certified? How can I...
Insurance – An Absolutely Necessary Evil - House on Fire

Video Production Insurance: An Absolutely Necessary Evil

Just as you wouldn’t drive a car without insurance, you should also never shoot without it either. Of course, we’re not saying you need...
Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Videographer

8 Shooting Challenges that will Help You Grow as a Videographer

Andy Warhol shattered the mold that artists had been using for hundreds of years – the mold that made “art” and for many art...
Taking Stock of Your Stock Footage

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...
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The Legal Side of Crowdfunding

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...
Using Music in Political Campaign Commercials

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...
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