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Bryce Douglass
Need permission to record Public Events?
on May 25, 2018 at 2:23:17 am


As a filmmaker or photographer do I need permission from others to film or photograph a minor and or adult that's in a public setting such as 4th of July parade or some public production put on by an after school program? In some cases my films which I have a photographer with me will be using the final project for promotional purposes which I won't make any money back on. Other Projects I will be selling DVD's to other people.

I will be hired by a school later this year to film a parade the school puts on in honor of a school student. The school will be overseeing my project but the parade is after school hours. Most parents will just drop their kids off and let them join the parade.

Do all the parents need to sign a release? The school has like over 500 students. grades 1-6 will be in the parade.

NOTE: School has already paid for my time in meetings about the project and pre production discussion. I'm filming later this year.

I also recently was hired by staff at a hotel to film a workshop they were sponsoring. One person got mad at me for filming them. I was told by the staff to not worry about it as I was being hired to film the event. Could I get into any legal issues by filming people who get mad?

I've seen tons of people take photos etc of people in public all the time. I know one guy who does both film and photography and he sells his images on his website. He told me he never gets permission because it's a public event and if they are in public they should expect to be part of any media and if they get mad they shouldn't have been there.

What is anyone else's opinion about this?




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