I hired a videographer to film me performing a sports event. He responded to an ad stating the footage would be mine, he agreed to it, and he has no problem with the concept- he's a cool guy. The footage he took of me may turn out to be worth something; some TV shows are interested in it for some shows and maybe a DVD. I consulted, briefly, an entertainment lawyer, who said that I needed the videographer to sign an official release stating something like, the footage is mine, and all mine, or more strictly speaking, I think he said something about exclusive rights, I can't remember his exact words.
I am a schoolteacher. Yeah, the footage might be worth something, but I don't want to pay an attorney like 200 bucks or more to draft up a complex contract full of legal-ease if I don't need one- that would cost more than I make per day. (Of course if that is what I really need, then maybe it's worth it, but something tells me I might be overdoing it by paying an attorney to make a custom one).
If anyone knows exactly the name of the type of contract I need, whether it be a simple 'work for hire' contract, or something else, or even better yet, has a sample contract, that would be great- I'd really appreciate it.
Tx in advance,
Re: Contract advice needed by Brian Mills on Jan 24, 2008 at 9:38:00 pm
These guys are right: you should have an agreement in writing, although it does not HAVE to be drawn up by a lawyer.
US copyright law automatically grants the copyright of footage to the photographer/videographer, unless they sign it away as a work-for-hire. So get them to sign an agreement that you will pay them and they will give you all rights, and you should be fine.