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Nigel O'Neill
Re: OT-Someone's asking for copies of videos I shot and edited
on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:55:49 am

Charities or community TV stations will expect something for nothing, and then want more.

I spend about 100 hours per year doing camera and editing work for various Queensland scouting organisations. The money goes towards putting on live theatre productions for costumes, equipment replacement for sound and lighting (but not video - we use media equipment loaned by a University A/V dept) venue hire and props. There's about 100 hundred of us, some who put in 400-500 hours because their kids are still involved or used to be involved.

I had no connection with the Scouts prior to this, but have learnt lots and gained experience from working with sound, lighting and video professionals using broadcast quality equipment. I did not walk away totally empty handed.

It's always tough to charge a charity or community based organisation for work done, especially if there are others doing the same. I believe the charity still needs your consent to use any of the footage as you own the copyright to it, unless you unwittingly signed it away. They can risk not asking you, and you could rightly sue them, but is it worth the effort?

If you sell you work, is it going to be a 'right to use' only, or are you going to completely sell all rights to it. If the latter, and the footage turns out to be a money earner, you have no entitlement to royalties or such.

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