Jump to content


Photo

Using old footage in film, copyright concerns....?


  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 Damien Bhatti

Damien Bhatti
  • Sustaining Members
  • 213 posts
  • Student
  • UK

Posted 14 September 2008 - 04:55 PM

I would like to use some old footage in a short film of some old shool burlesque dancing.

How or even could I be able to do this without infringing copyright. If the film company does not even exist anymore it might be difficult to track down to ask,

Any advice would be great, thanks.
  • 0

#2 Garrett Shannon

Garrett Shannon
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 32 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Los Angeles, CA

Posted 15 September 2008 - 02:15 PM

It depends what you plan on doing with the film. If it is only going to be shown to a small group of people and you have no plans to make money off of the film then I would say don't even bother as nobody will every hassle you about it. If you absolutely need clearance that will be more complex. How old is the footage? Is it possible it has been released under public domain?
  • 0

#3 Damien Bhatti

Damien Bhatti
  • Sustaining Members
  • 213 posts
  • Student
  • UK

Posted 15 September 2008 - 05:43 PM

It depends what you plan on doing with the film. If it is only going to be shown to a small group of people and you have no plans to make money off of the film then I would say don't even bother as nobody will every hassle you about it. If you absolutely need clearance that will be more complex. How old is the footage? Is it possible it has been released under public domain?


Hi Garrett,

Actually I have been researching about using stock footage, wow its quite costly, then again I shouldnt be that surprised in this line of work.

I intend to enter festivals nationally in the UK and perhaps the world. But I am in no way making money from it. I am trying to "sample," some kitsch burlesque dance from the 30's/40's but you know that kind of style. Perhaps its different in the Uk. I know I could save myself an absolute bundle if I simply lift some scenes I like but somehow...it just doesnt feel right. Its tempting though. I will google the public domain thing,

Thanks,
  • 0


Wooden Camera

Abel Cine

rebotnix Technologies

Tai Audio

CineLab

Paralinx LLC

Technodolly

CineTape

The Slider

FJS International, LLC

Willys Widgets

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Metropolis Post

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Aerial Filmworks

Glidecam

Opal

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Rig Wheels Passport

Visual Products

Ritter Battery

Glidecam

Paralinx LLC

Wooden Camera

Rig Wheels Passport

Willys Widgets

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Ritter Battery

Tai Audio

Aerial Filmworks

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Visual Products

FJS International, LLC

CineLab

Opal

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Technodolly

The Slider

Metropolis Post

Abel Cine

rebotnix Technologies

CineTape