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#1 NWDiver

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:32 PM

Sorry about topic title, could not quite find a good way to word it.

Looking at possibly doing a video on conservation. Looking online for video clips posted by news agencies, environmental groups, etc... showing acts of pollution. These clips would be spliced in with our own clips of local environments.

Have looked around but cannot seem to get a clear answer to rules for downloading clips found online (YouTube), with no clear watermark, or anything like a trademark. Then using them in our production.

Can you do this, or is the assumption they are copyrighted and should not be done???

Any direction welcome.

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 06:18 AM

Sorry about topic title, could not quite find a good way to word it.

Looking at possibly doing a video on conservation. Looking online for video clips posted by news agencies, environmental groups, etc... showing acts of pollution. These clips would be spliced in with our own clips of local environments.

Have looked around but cannot seem to get a clear answer to rules for downloading clips found online (YouTube), with no clear watermark, or anything like a trademark. Then using them in our production.

Can you do this, or is the assumption they are copyrighted and should not be done???


In my view, every video, image, cartoon, drawing or painting has an owner of the inherent right to copy (AKA copyright) unless the owner has specifically relinquished those rights and had done so in writing.

And it does not matter where its published or in what medium, including the internet, the same rules apply.

Exceptions include fair dealing (for review for example) and fair use (certainly in the US but not in the UK, so care is needed) but otherwise permission must be sought before use is made - its worth remembering that all of us as creators of images etc have the right to say 'no' to uses we may object to.

Copyright law (at least here in the UK) makes no allowance for the purpose or use to be 'not for profit' or 'for a good cause' and trying that defence if caught will not help.

Having said all that, yes it is a prerequisite to seek permission but here's what to do; contact the owner outline what you want to do with their material and get it in writing that they are happy for their property to be used in the way you want to. Chances are, most would be more than willing, but that should never be assumed. And if you get no reply, do not assume its OK....get a positive 'yes'.

That's my take on it. Others may add - particularly US-based members where the copyright world differs slightly.

Edited by decosnapper, 10 February 2011 - 06:20 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 11:01 AM

Thanks for the input, if anyone else has info that would be great. We are working from the assumption that everything is copyrighted and of course want to respect everyone's intellectual property.

This would also extend to another project regarding whaling. Anyone aware of any "royalty free" sites with video or stills of whaling?

Thanks