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Short clip of mine is in a popular movie Copyright

Discussion in 'Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law' started by ericoli, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. ericoli

    ericoli Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Long story short; I shot footage at a racetrack that appeared in a very popular movie. I didn't get any approval from the movie studio or anyone to have this in their movie. It's really short in the film, maybe 4-5 frames, but it is still my footage.

    I uploaded the video to youtube, where then someone stole the footage and re-uploaded it, then the company bought the footage from that person.

    The footage is copyrighted under my name, and was before the movie came out here in the US.

    What rights do I have here?
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    You copyright has been infringed upon.

    All you need to know. Read it. Absorb it. Understand it.


    http://images.jw.com/com/publications/354.pdf

    Consequences & Penalties - Copyright - Guides at Texas A&M University

    It might be worth your time to speak with a lawyer to assess what this infringement might be worth.
     
  3. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Might be worth a lot of money to you if the movie made a lot of money. Well worth paying for the services of an intellectual property attorney although initial consults are likely to be free and you might be able to get an attorney to take the case on a contingency (no guarantee there).

    Unfortunately, the case might also be worth nothing if your few frames resemble thousands of stock footage of racetracks that have been used in movies for 100 years.
     

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