December 4, 2017 at 6:21PM


Copyright Question about books in film?

Hi hi,
I've a short film and there is a lot of books in it. Stacks and stacks in a person's house. But I'm curious if anyone knows, I can't seem to find an answer, about seeing books in film, do I need to have permission to show them?
The books themselves aren't the topic of the film but they are seen quite a bit and you can see the artwork on the covers and famous people's biographies and the likes.
Have I shot myself in the foot or is there fair use clause?

Any help would be great!
PS I live in Ireland


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December 5, 2017 at 7:30AM

Bill Gish

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December 5, 2017 at 11:58AM


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Ed Cleary

December 5, 2017 at 6:21PM, Edited December 5, 6:21PM

I'm not a lawyer, but you should be fine with this. If you were reading from those books or incorporating their ideas into your film, that'd be a clear case of needing permission, but having them be part of your production design seems fairly innocuous. I'd still be careful though. If you intend to submit to festivals or pursue some kind of formal distribution, there's always a chance something like this could bite you in the ass.

Also, this article might be vaguely helpful with this.

December 5, 2017 at 1:25PM

Rob Hardy
Founder of Filmmaker Freedom

Thanks, I'll have a look and see if it helps. And yeh I would worry about distribution running into problems. Sure, look, you live and you learn. I'll be more cautious next time.

Ed Cleary

December 5, 2017 at 6:22PM

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