Quantcast

Documentary Legal Questions | How Careful Do I Need To Be?

by jimmy

I have a few questions.
1-if i film all my own footage in my own home dont show any trademark logos or anything company related use no music nothing else made by another person but myself can i legally produce my documentary? and 2- if i use my computers windows movie maker to produce my movie do i have to mention that i used that software or will it be considered copyright? last if its all my own 100% footage do i have to still have all these legal procedures?



Desktop Documentaries | Answer

Hi Jimmy. Let's go through your questions:

1-if i film all my own footage in my own home dont show any trademark logos or anything company related use no music nothing else made by another person but myself can i legally produce my documentary?

Sounds like you're good to go! Curious what kind of documentary you are shooting all inside your home?

2- if i use my computer's windows movie maker to produce my movie do i have to mention that i used that software or will it be considered copyright?

You don't need to mention that you used the Movie Maker software unless you just wanted to. It's a filmmaking tool, not footage. It would be like the manufacturer of a hammer or a saw trying to sue you for using their tools to make your home.

3- last, if its all my own 100% footage do i have to still have all these legal procedures?

If you own all your footage, music, graphics, etc.. then you are good to go! Just make sure if you interview anyone on-camera you need to get a talent release.

Without knowing more about your documentary, it's hard to give more specific advice. I hope these answers have been helpful. Good luck!

Please note, I am not a lawyer and this information should not be considered legal advice.

Please leave any follow-up questions or feedback below by clicking on the "post comments" link.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Copyright Questions.

Ready To Make Your Dream Documentary?

Sign up for our exclusive 7-day crash course and learn step-by-step how to make a documentary from idea to completed film!