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What Should Videographers Know About Copyright?

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If you’re a video producer, you likely have a lot to consider. Whether you’re shooting an indie film, commercial, or music video, you’ll need to ensure the recording looks great while worrying about the legality of the shoot and final product. Unfortunately for small businesses, you likely don’t have a legal department to handle all of the copyright issues for you. Luckily, video copyright infringement lawyers are ready to help you protect yourself from those who want to steal your creation. Keep reading to learn more about what videographers can do to shield their work.

What Can Videographers Do to Protect Their Work?

One of the most essential things a videographer can do to shield themselves is to copyright their work. While anything you create can have protections, if you register it with the United States Copyright Office, you receive additional protections because you officially and legally own the video. As such, you can display and reproduce the work, sell it, and create subsequent derivative works.

Similarly, if your work is infringed upon, you must hold a valid copyright registration to pursue a lawsuit against the offender. As such, it’s in your best interest to register your work as soon as possible.

Another thing you must consider to protect your work is to have anyone who appears in your video sign a release form. This ensures their likeness can be used in your video with permission, as this will protect you should any legal issues arise from their appearance in the video.

How Can a Copyright Attorney Assist Me?

Enlisting the help of copyright attorneys can help guide you through the legal complexities that can arise from copyright issues. Unfortunately, even if you register the work with the Copyright Office and display your copyright logo, someone may still take your work without permission.

However, if you have an attorney on your side, they can help you receive the compensation you deserve when someone violates your copyright. It’s no secret that trying to file a lawsuit can be confusing, as you need to ensure the paperwork is valid while pursuing the correct damages. As such, letting an experienced attorney handle those issues gives you the best opportunity to receive the compensation you deserve.

It’s important to understand that you only have a certain amount of time to file a copyright infringement lawsuit. In the United States, you only have three years from the date you discovered the violation. If you do not file within this time frame, you will lose the right to pursue compensation.

At CopyCat Legal, we understand how frustrating it can be for videographers to discover their work has been infringed upon. As such, we will do everything possible to help you receive the justice you deserve. Contact our firm today to learn how we will fight for you.

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