June 20, 2018 at 12:59AM

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Using news stories in your short film

Can I (legally) use snippets of TV News stories relating to the story I'm exploring in my short film? What permissions are needed, if any?

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You probably can't in this case, if I'm reading you correctly. You might seek a "fair use" exemption (but that never means that you can just do whatever you want with other people's material), but even then the copyright owner can sue you -- and there's no way to know how the axe will fall until your name's already on the chopping block. A distributor will want to see documentation that you have permission to use others' clips.

For permission, contact the TV channel or programme you want to use.

June 22, 2018 at 1:32AM

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Minor Mogul
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Thank you!

June 22, 2018 at 6:48PM, Edited June 22, 6:48PM

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James Arrow
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