Posted 01 June 2006 - 02:25 PM
I'm wearing a new hat - Television Show Producer. I understand geting signed releases for television commercials and corporate videos.( I've produced many of those.) The show is an "about the town" One segment of my show will feature a local event.. lets say a festival. It would be difficult to release eveyone in the shot. At what point should I get them to sign ? If they give me a sound bite ? If they are recognisable ? I hope this is not Off Topic for this forum. Thank you.
Posted 03 June 2006 - 01:22 AM
So usually it would do you good to post some signs that informed people that they're being taped.
You should get someone's release when they featured on screeen for more than a few seconds,
Especially if they talk to the camera.
While generally it's not a big deal--it'll help you with lots of headaches later.
Posted 09 June 2006 - 04:29 PM
its probably best to at least have a sign just to cover your ass.
Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:44 PM
Posted 14 June 2006 - 12:05 PM
You can ask the person to simply give permission on camera and record it before you start the interview, then keep it in your files.
You can say off camera, so the camera mic can hear your voice, "Do you give your consent to allow us to use your voice and image for commercial purposes in this show?" Then have the person say, "yes" on camera. Or if there's an interviewer with a hand held mic, record him/her on camera in a two shot getting the verbal release.
It's not as legally solid as a signed release but it's certainly better than nothing. They would have a hard time explaining to a judge that they didn't know they where being recorded for a show.
Also be careful of any kids under 18. They can't sign a release or give their consent to use their image on camera, their parent needs to do this regardless of the method you choose.
Posted 28 November 2006 - 05:01 PM
This is really a fuzzy subject. The laws of the land favor the television industry that can't possibly get releases on their news gathering. Therefore, the laws favor even movie producers. However, that isn't how it always manifests in civil court. Anyone can sue for anything. Ask yourself: If they are in frame, does it present them in some objectionable way; will this production ever make enough money for someone to sue for a peice of the action.
As we are seeing from Borat good documentation and sufficient payment to participants to satisfy all the terms of contract law doesn't keep someone from entering suit with you.
The big breakoff point has to do with what others, here in this thread, have already said: Public location is safer than private and insignificant in frame is safer than significant in frame.
We all need luck with this topic,
Posted 17 October 2007 - 08:13 AM
Signs are a good addition if they can be arranged, to establish in people's minds that you are entitled to record their image.