How To Get Permission To Use Materials In My Documentary
(Los Angeles, CA)
Legal Question: After I find out the copyrights of a source, a clip or a related movie, where can I find a permit or who do I contact to ask what materials or referrals I can use in my documentary?
Example: I'm making a documentary but I would like to incorporate scenes of a different movie or clip for referral.
Law Office of Jaia Thomas | Answer:
You first must identify who owns the intellectual property rights to the film you wish to license.
The owner of the film's intellectual property rights is often the distributor of the film or the studio that produced it. You may want to check imdb.com for the name of the distributor or studio.
Once you have identified the distributor or studio, contact their licensing department to ascertain the protocol and pricing for licensing a particular scene or clip.
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