October 12, 2014 at 9:08AM
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.