January 4, 2016 at 3:16PM


I'm looking for ethics advice for my first editing portfolio website...

I'm an emerging video editor, and I'm putting together my first website portfolio. I have two ethical questions I'd like to get some editors' opinions on...

I'd like to show examples of work I've done in the past on my new site, but I'm not sure about the ethics of posting videos I've created for companies, since I don't own the videos - the companies do. Every video I want to include in my portfolio has been posted to Youtube by the company it was made for. Is it okay to embed those Youtube videos into my site? Is it okay to download them and put them on my site?

If I did 95% of the editing on a video, but another editor did some work as well, is it ok for me to include it in my reel?

If I edited the videos while I was working at a video production / editing company, can I use those videos on my site? Or does it not count because the company I was with was in charge of editing and just happened to assign me those particular projects?

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.


I don't have any specific legal advice to offer you & I'm not sure that you would even need any. In general you should be able to embed your work on your site & credit yourself appropriately. If you did 95% of the work I would say it is safe to use it for your reel even if you were working for a production company.

I would avoid downloading something from another YouTube page and embed it instead. Going forward I would also recommend a contract that states you can use the work you do for portfolio purposes.

Hope this helps!

January 4, 2016 at 6:18PM

Derek Armitage
Filmmaker & Vlogger

If it's on YouTube, it's completely fine to embed anywhere.

A simple rule of thumb is to simply give credit where it's due. Don't just post the video—add some information about each video you embed on your site: what was the project, what was your role, who did you do it for, and who did you work with. Discuss project-specific challenges. Give links to the other contributors or companies you worked for.

January 6, 2016 at 8:56AM

David S.

Thanks guys. I went ahead and embedded directly from Youtube/Vimeo like you suggested. I ended up only using pieces where I did 100% of the editing (because I'm a bit paranoid) and have had a nice response to my work, prompting several job interviews.

February 11, 2016 at 11:32AM

Hannah Bowman

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