by Jake Evans
QUESTION: Hello, I'm currently working on a 15 minute corporate documentary for a large swiss watch brand and we're struggling to understand the rights to use archive footage, in particular footage from Public Domains such as the Prelinger Archives at archive.org
The film itself will be shown online, used promotionally by the company at events and also shown on in-flight entertainment systems.
What I'm struggling to understand is in order for me to use Public Domain archive footage from the Prelinger Archive, do I need to have a written license from the archive as well? Bearing in mind where the film will be shown.
They say that in order to have a written license and to access physical and HD copies of the films you have to go through getty images and pay a fee. But say if we just wanted to download the SD version from Archive.org, would we still need to have written rights to its use within the film?
Hopefully that makes sense, looking forward to your response.
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