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Frank Otto
Re: Music Rights and internal communication
on Nov 15, 2005 at 5:01:51 pm

Rights clearances are the reason so many docs are not being finished. A recent article in "Independent Film" has a rather long disertation on the burgeoning problem of securing rights. The truly independent documentarian can't afford the staff to clear music, art, copyrighted architecture, logos and all the rest of the intellectual property that seems to end up in every shot that wasn't shot in the Gobi Desert or the moon ( although NASA may have the rights to use of lunar lander images...)

It used to be that incidental, or natural sound that included music was deemed to be fair use. Or the old idea that if it's in a public setting, it's fair game.

Not anymore. Bulidings, such as Grauman's/Mann's/whoever Chinese Theater, The Flat Iron Building, The Gugginheim are copyrighed and trademarked. Virtualy every U.S. corporation has restrictions on use of it's logos. And if music is heard that is in the least bit recognizable someone will have their hand out.

For me, it's not the idea of user-pay...I'm willing to pay a creator a fair price for use. It's the issue that there is no established fee structure - it's based on whim, favor and greed.


Frank Otto

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