You state the “Letter of t

#191225
AvatarSteveMann
Participant

You state the “Letter of the Law” and your interpretation of it quite well. But it is an interpretation.

I tend to believe the IP lawyer that I was having lunch with who says that he thinks it’s defensible to put music from a bride’s CD on her wedding video under Fair Use.

And this is coming from a lawyer whose job is to pursue copyright and patent cases for copyright and patent owners.

The fact is that it will not be settled until one of three things happen:

1) Congress changes the Copyright Law to explicitly allow such use under “Fair Use”. This is the most unlikely, but you never know.

2) The Record Industry finally discovers that there’s a segment of consumers who *want* to give them money and they develop a system similar to the one in Austrailia.

3) A Wedding Videographer is sued for using unlicensed music in a wedding video. This is also unlikely for the reasons stated before, but a decision, while not binding on all jurisdictions, would offer some clarity on which way a judge would lean on the issue.

Until one of these things happens, the correct reply to the original question (is it legal…) is: “Probably not”.

To this date, no one knows of any Wedding Videographer in the US who has been sued by a copyright owner over the unlicensed use of their property in a wedding video.

Best Products

The best video monitors — 2021

We rely on our video monitors to show us an accurate representation of our images throughout the production process. Here are some of the best video monitors currently on the market.
homicide-bootstrap