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Davis Moorehow to license my footage for a TV show?
by on Feb 11, 2009 at 4:54:13 am

Much thanks in advance for any advice -

My footage is being re-edited into a segment on a TV show. What is the name of the license agreement that would allow me to contol the length of time and manner in which the video footage is used?

I am donating the footage for free, but would at least like to retain control over its usage. Are there templates for this sort of thing, or is an attorney necessary?

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David Roth WeissRe: how to license my footage for a TV show?
by on Feb 11, 2009 at 5:39:21 pm

Whatever you do, don't pay an attorney to write boilerplate for a free or low-paying deal. If you're going to survive this business you need to learn to write basic agreements and deal memos yourself. When there's a real money, your estate, or your entire business on the line, that's a different matter.

In this case all you need is a simple one paragraph agreement called a footage license or usage agreement. Just state the facts:


For a fee of ______________ I hereby __________ grant ___________ one time usage of x-seconds my video footage depicting ____________ to be used only in the project entitled __________ . I retain all rights to the footage in perpetuity.

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David Roth Weiss
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles


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Davis MooreRe: how to license my footage for a TV show?
by on Feb 11, 2009 at 6:19:15 pm

Thanks! Very helpful information to have -

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