Copyright of Film Trailers
Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:16 PM
For an amateur production I'm working on next month, the director has an idea about projecting a film trailer during a scene change. This is to "set the scene" for what happens next and is relative to the production in question.
I've done some searching on the web and found the license requirements for showing films to an audience but no mention about showing trailers!
My reasoning would be it is promotional material advertising a film rather than a public showing of it, hence no restrictions. Suitable trailers are freely available on Youtube etc.
Has anyone ever done this?
Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:23 PM
1. They may be able to supply you with a better source file.
2. I suspect that the licence arrangements for a trailer probably don't cover you for a paid production, amateur or not. But I think the distributors can answer the question definitively.
3. Just because it's on YouTube doesn't make it legal to use it! And even if the implied consent covers the use of the images, the music may or may not be included. After all, you still need a PRS licence to cover the music in a film.
Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:09 PM
The clearance of music for film is a big-money business and the restrictions are usually severe. Just like the publishers of musicals they take a pro-active approach to squeezing the last dime out of the rights and will hunt people down. Just about every film or TV company that puts stuff out into the public domain has a licensing department. 99.9% of them are "Licensing and Litigation."
I know 'cos sorta-dorta was responsible for Man On Wire.
Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:23 PM
I think that you may need an original piece of film making for your use with specific intent to use it as a part of the drama.
This post has been edited by Jivemaster: 15 February 2012 - 01:24 PM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:43 PM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:54 PM
Start by calling The Independent Cinema Office who are big in non-theatrical exhibition licencing in the UK, and if they can't sort you out, they'll know who can.
Website: http://www.davidbuckley.name, a good place to go for PCStage tips and techniques
Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:47 PM
The BFFS info is based on screening the film rather than snippets or trailers but it might be handy for someone. The one thing they remind everyone of is the need for suitably licensed premises.