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