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The Lifespan for Copyright of Audiovisual Works And Other Facts

Audiovisual Works

The lifespan of copyright depends on several factors, such as when it was created, the date of death of the creator, the date of the first publication, and the name of the publishing house. All the works created after January 1, 1978, can have copyright protection for the lifetime of the creator with additional 70 years. If the work is anonymous, the term can be 95-120 years from the time of its creation. Copyright is a federal law and is applicable to all the audiovisual works that get registered. It protects the video and all the elements of the video made by a creator. The protection of the video becomes active as soon as the video is fixed in a tangible medium. Once the creator releases the video, he or she becomes the sole owner of the video and can give permission to copy and distribute the video. They can make sales, rent, and lease the video, and even transfer the ownership of the video to someone else. They can also make the video public for anyone to use as they want. Here are some other copyright facts that you probably did not know about before.

Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement can occur when a person uses a copyrighted work without taking permission from the original creator. The charges for copyright infringement can be up to $150,000. In case the infringement is found to be intentional, the penalties can go even higher. Always remember to take permission from the creator before using their works.

Copyright Infringement


It is always better to have a signed photo release with you as the need can strike any time. Make sure that anyone that gets cast in your video signs a release form prior to shooting. It will be useful in protecting you as the creator from any legal issues raised by the people in the video at the time of the release of your video. The need for a release can depend on the time a person spends in the frame. Shooting a crowd will not require a release from each person.

Recording location

You carry to record videos in public places. However, if your sight of shooting is a private or government property, you do not have the right to record at the place. You cannot shoot someone’s home or business without their permission or without a signed release. Public places are always open for recording without the need for release.

Legal audio

Sounds can also hold copyright in the video. There are several portals online that offer audio clips from random works from the past. However tempting they might be, it can also infringe someone’s copyrighted work. If you are creating a professional video, it is always better to use the help of professionals to create your own audio. If you are using audio you have not created, you must have a license for it to use in your video.

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