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Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker's Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music by Kenn Rabin, Sheila Curran Bernard

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CHAPTER 16

Licensing Visuals

At what point do you need to give rights holders information about your plans for your film and your use of their material? When do you begin to negotiate fees? How should you keep track of potential costs as you make choices about which third-party materials to include or exclude? What do you need to know about clearing film clips that represent the work of actors, writers, and directors who belong to unions? What kinds of records do you need to keep for work that is in the public domain or for which you're claiming fair use?

Identify Potential Problems As Soon As You Can

As you begin to find footage, try to determine what materials, if any, threaten to be difficult (if not impossible) to clear. Material might be ...

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