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02-17-2009, 08:37 AM   #1
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publication rights for movie?

Hi all, I've been approached by a documentary film project and they want to use some of my still photos. I'm googling, etc and can't find anything at all regarding typical publication rights for the use of stills by the film industry. The contract they've sent me is nothing more than a modified model release and includes terms like "exclusive" and "perpetuity" which I find unacceptable and unnecessary.
Does anyone here have any experience with the film industry? Or have any suggestions of where to look for more info?

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Sorry...no idea about resources on that one, I've never worked with the movie industry. I'd be leary of signing anything with "exclusive" and "perpetuity" without significant compensation though, since you'd basically be giving the images to them and retaining no rights to use them at all yourself forever.
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Just found this in March issue of Videomaker Mag

The article is called All Rights Reserved (about copyright laws obviously) starts on page 44, on page 47 they list some resources they are as follows: FilmTVContracts.com, MusicContracts.com, MediaLawyer.com, CopyrightWebsite.com, and Copyright.gov. I hope these will help. There is also some good information in the current book I'm reading Successfull Self-Promotion for Photographers (Expose Yourself Properly) by Elyse Weissberg.

Note: When in doubt have a lawyer check it to make sure it is in YOUR best intrest.

Good Luck and Congrats on being noticed for your work.
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Hi and thanks for the replies. All good info, but still not finding what I want. There must be a standardized form and common precedent for the use of stills in movies !!

Arrrgh....

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Harlan Ellison - Pay the writer

Perhaps this link can provide you with some insight.

Funny, but true.
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Very funny and sadly true. He's a great character.

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The only progress I've made on this issue is I've spoken with a veteran, local photographer who has worked with the commercial film industry. He says they always ask for the moon in the hope the photog is inexperienced enough or hungry enough to sign. I wasn't expecting those type of tactics from this group.

more later
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new contract, same issues

So I didn't sign the original contract and I've now received an amended version. Unfortunately, it still contains what is to me unacceptable terms.
Such as:

"...Photographer grants to [*} the exclusive right to use for three years...and thereafter the non-exclusive right to use in perpetuity the photographs...."

Again, the exclusive rights part to my knowledge means no one, not even myself, can do anything with the photos for that time period.

I want to help the project and would love to have my photos used, but I want the right to sell copies myself at least.

Anybody?

I think I'll ask for a specific clause for my own use of the photos.

tia for any help,
Steven

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This is where lawyers can be useful.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
This is where lawyers can be useful.
Yeah, agreed but there's not enough money involved to justify it for me.

I requested an amended release, so we'll see.

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