Question by Reptar88: Copyright question for Documentary filmmakers?
I am making a documentary film that I would eventually like to submit to a film festival. There are some photos from Google of people and bicycles from the 1880s-1900, including a video taken from YouTube of Edison’s bicycle film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZjd9pBmLoU from 1901. As a documentary filmmaker presenting the “facts”, do I need permission to use these for my film? Would I be violating any copyright laws if I were using them for my film considering it’s “fair use” that I’m using these images & video to educate on the history of the bicycle?
Answer by Caoedhen
Using Google as your source may be an issue. The photos are old, and may not be copyrighted any longer. Using a Youtube video on the other hand, could be a problem.
Making a movie with other persons work is not “fair use”, no matter that you claim it to be an educational film.
You need to do some reading here: http://www.copyright.gov
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