January 26, 2016 at 12:37AM

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Is it okay to steal stock footage?

I know its someone's else's property but when the stock footage is old black and white film footage, then the owner wouldn't even be alive to care right? And whoever has the rights now didn't even put it in the real work to achieve the stock footage.

Also, how could you possibly get caught if you found a work around the watermark and only use like about 5 seconds of it?

Also please don't call me a bad guy because yesterday I helped out 2 elderly ladies by shoveling their entire front side walk from the snow :)

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No, definitely not. You don't want to ruin your reputation when eventually somebody figures out what you are doing, and you don't want to be hit with any lawsuits over this.

Instead, I would recommend that you take a look a real public-domain video footage that is free for anybody to use, pretty much any way they like. ( always check to see if there are any usage restrictions before you use it in a project )

You can find more than 2 million public domain videos at the Archive.org website, which has tons of great footage you can play with.

https://archive.org/details/movies

January 26, 2016 at 10:25AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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You're right and I thought about it. Thank you for your wise words and especially the link.

Charlie

January 26, 2016 at 11:10PM

The anwser is in the question since you use the word 'steal'.

January 28, 2016 at 2:32AM

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WalterBrokx
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Besides that: black and white does not equal 'the owner is dead'.
The fact that it is watermarked clearly shows someone has an interest in protecting it from people like you.
Look for public domain footage or pay for stock if you don't want to be judged as a bad person :-p

January 28, 2016 at 2:35AM

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WalterBrokx
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You can always get an account with videoblocks.com for a year (it's way cheaper than paying per video). They have a decent amount of stock video in various topics.

January 28, 2016 at 7:35PM

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Brittany Nisco
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yeah exactly.. i bought the yearly stock video subscription for $99. The quality is actually pretty good for the money..Charlie i think you should check out videoblocks and if they still have that deal, its a no-brainer

Jim Rueben

February 16, 2016 at 7:23AM

nope

January 29, 2016 at 7:02AM

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"Is it OK to steal..."

You could place any noun after that phrase and the answer would always be the same.

January 29, 2016 at 1:46PM

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Luke Neumann
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thank you for sharing this

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