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Work for hire in a music video?

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Treble

Junior Member
Hello,

I am an artist and author of a musical composition and would like to make a video that is played over the song.

The video needs a few actors to act out
parts in the video. If no paperwork of any sort is signed by me or the actors,
can any or all the actors make demands such as royalties related to the music video or even demanding me to take the video down?

Thanks for all feedback
Bob
 


quincy

Senior Member
Hello,

I am an artist and author of a musical composition and would like to make a video that is played over the song.

The video needs a few actors to act out
parts in the video. If no paperwork of any sort is signed by me or the actors,
can any or all the actors make demands such as royalties related to the music video or even demanding me to take the video down?

Thanks for all feedback
Bob
Do you still live in Montreal, Bob?

There is no "work made for hire" in Canada. It is a U.S. concept.
 
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Treble

Junior Member
Hi quincy,

Yeah I’m still in Mtl.

So what does this mean for me? I want to make sure I don’t have any problems once the video is published.

Can I have individuals act in my video without worries that they may want royalties or may want (for whatever reason) me to take the video down, EVEN if I was verbally up front with them about those issues?

Or, is it better to make them sign some sort of a document ?

Thanks for replying !
 

quincy

Senior Member
Hi quincy,

Yeah I’m still in Mtl.

So what does this mean for me? I want to make sure I don’t have any problems once the video is published.

Can I have individuals act in my video without worries that they may want royalties or may want (for whatever reason) me to take the video down, EVEN if I was verbally up front with them about those issues?

Or, is it better to make them sign some sort of a document ?

Thanks for replying !
You will want to consult with a Canadian lawyer. FreeAdvice addresses US law questions only.

As I already indicated, there are substantial differences between the laws in the US and Canada. :)

Generally a contract can be fashioned to cover the wants and needs of all parties. You no doubt will want written and signed agreements.
 

quincy

Senior Member
Ok quincy, thanks for replying !

T
You're welcome, Treble. I appreciate the thanks.

Just make sure you have signed releases in place from all your actors prior to filming your video, so the actors cannot later claim rights to the work, and you should be okay. But it is best to have everything personally reviewed by an attorney in your area to best ensure you are safe from any legal challenge.

Good luck.
 

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