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John NelsonPublic domain usage
by on Jul 4, 2014 at 2:22:24 pm

I was informed I recently posted my inquiry on Public Domain footage on the wrong forum and was suggested to try this one. Hopeful of a better response. :}

I am a retired video guy who have two very musically talented sons. I would like to turn a few of their original compositions into music videos. Naturally I want them to succeed so they can walk up and accept their Grammys (if that helps supplement my meager social security on the way, well…). I have tons of photos, and videos of them performing but some of their music tends to lend itself more to 'outside' scenes. People dancing, beauty exteriors, old and new, that kind of stuff. If I could shoot them performing myself I would. However there is a slight distance (and monetary) challenge; I live on an island and they are a few thousand miles away, stateside. :{

Which is why I thought Public domain footage might help fill in the gaps. I'm not trying to bootleg movies or take the food off tables such as Artbeats. If I had the cash I would gladly contribute…

I am familiar with archive.org and similar sites. Archive, I've figured out. I just haven't figured out how to download others. :{

This link may give you an idea of what I'm trying to do. I know, I know. My level of proficiency is nowhere near that of many of you but, hey, at my age I'm trying: https://vimeo.com/97721200

So that's my story and I'm stickin to it. Any and all comments are welcome (unless I don't like them). :}

http://www.omproductions.net


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Mads Nybo JørgensenRe: Public domain usage
by on Jul 5, 2014 at 8:14:12 am

Hey John,

Well done for helping your sons out to reach that Grammy - no shame in doing that.

However, what you are proposing can have a serious and detrimental impact on your sons careers.

Why?
Because you are generating a product with the intention of helping them progress professionally. And you want to create that product be using other peoples content without paying for it - that would be the same as your sons using known songs and tunes from the likes of Michael Jackson, Beatles, Rolling Stones etc and calling that their own - if that happens, your sons will in all likelihood end with a $million dollar lawsuit and no musical career.

Sorry to say it, but you need to make do with what you've got, or get your camera our, or pay for footage. Although, you may find that some of the libraries (NOT Artbeats) such as NASA will allow you to use elements of their footage for free for the right cause.

All the Best
Mads

@madsvid, London, UK
Check out my other hangouts:
Twitter: @madsvid
http://mads-thinkingoutloud.blogspot.co.uk


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Mike SmithRe: Public domain usage
by on Jul 5, 2014 at 9:18:41 am
Last Edited By Mike Smith on Jul 5, 2014 at 9:20:20 am

While Mads is normally spot on, I wonder if this time he's misunderstood, and you want to use material that's been offered for free, if you can find it?

I'd have a different concern, however. Ifyour sons are many, many miles away and not involved with you in the production of your planned videos for their music, might it be better to leave it all in their capable hands? They can take responsibility for finding music video practitioners who can help them develop the video look and feel they want to best represent their music to their market. Time to let go, perhaps ...?


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John NelsonRe: Public domain usage
by on Jul 5, 2014 at 10:17:53 am

Many thanks.

Looks like he beat me to the punch:






http://www.omproductions.net


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Mads Nybo JørgensenRe: Public domain usage
by on Jul 8, 2014 at 5:53:45 am

Hey Mike,

My bad, you're right, in my haste to reply I missed the word "not" in there.

Having said that, the example video from John had plenty of public archive footage in it. Which one should always be cautious about using for commercial purposes.

All the Best
Mads

@madsvid, London, UK
Check out my other hangouts:
Twitter: @madsvid
http://mads-thinkingoutloud.blogspot.co.uk


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Richard HerdRe: Public domain usage
by on Jul 9, 2014 at 6:11:05 pm

All rights issues notwithstanding, the creative direction of the spot you linked has a very small demographic.


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John NelsonRe: Public domain usage
by on Jul 9, 2014 at 6:51:29 pm

Thanks for the feedback. The footage I would really like to find/use would be people. People rising up. Rising from their current situations, positions, emotions. Reaching their potentials.

Again, thanks for everything.

http://www.omproductions.net


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