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John Baumchen
Re: Corporate Client wants all footage
on Feb 18, 2015 at 6:37:34 pm

A bit late in the reply, but I'd ask if your contracts with your suppliers include a clause that the project is a 'Work for Hire'? If not, then the videographer owns the footage. It's the same as if you were to have your portrait taken, the photographer owns the negative or digital original.

In fact, U.S. copyright law stipulates that in the absence of specific wording that a job is on a work for hire basis, the shooter owns the footage. The only thing wrong with giving it away is that you're giving away revenue.

Cheers.


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