October 12, 2014 at 6:08AM


Who owns your footage? What arrangement do you make with clients?

Based on advice I took when I started working professionally, I tell clients that they own everything I shoot for them. I retain the right to use anything from the final cut for portfolio/showreel pieces.

A photographer friend operates a strict licensing arrangement for all clients and they never get copyright on the images.

What is everyone else doing? Do you ever retain any ownership of footage (as a photographer might)? I tend not to do high-profile work, but I'd be interested to hear about different approaches to this. And to hear if there is anything like a standardised practice.

I'm thinking of promotional film work for clients, rather than issues around licensing/distribution of short films, etc.


Hi, first, if they pay you, the footage is the client. You have right of had a 5 seconds of each job for do a reel propose, nothing more.

Other things it's that in the contract you put the footage is the both and the client accept.

October 13, 2014 at 12:05AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

One tip: Include in the contract that the transfer of ownership of intellectual property will be effective upon you receiving payment. That way, if they stiff you, you can send a DMCA takedown notice as well as sell their account to a collection agency.

October 13, 2014 at 10:32PM

Minor Mogul

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