If you thought you knew all there was to know about fair use and copyrights in filmmaking, you don’t know jack! Part 1 of a series on copyrights, fair use, and filmmaking. Save yourself a potential lawsuit and listen.
For the past ten years or so, I’ve written and blogged about the film, video and photography industries. During that time, I’ve addressed the issue of copyright usage and fair use in filmmaking. But even I was surprised (shocked even) to learn what I learned when talking with this week’s guest, Salima Koroma. Salima is an African-American woman who runs the K-pop website The OneShots and is the director of the documentary “Bad Rap.” In the process of speaking with her attorneys regarding the rights she needed to clear for her doc, she had an eye-opening experience that shared with us. We covered topics like:
- The real reason logos are grayed or blurred out on television shows
- Why a random shot of Time Square might be a copyright clearance nightmare
- Why clearing music has gotten exponentially harder over the years
- And more.
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Music in this Episode
Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode:
- Mario Bava Sleeps In a Little Later Than He Expected To by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
- Is That You or Are You You? by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
- Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie (CC BY)
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