Ok, so you want to show a clip from a DVD or from a TV show. It illustrates a point perfects and you only want a short piece. It is not like you are pirating the stuff, let alone making illegal copies for profit. In fact, showing the will not only serve the purpose of illustrating the point but will also promote the actual media source; maybe even result in a few sales and royalties for the content owners.
It could not even suck any more. I mean here you are; serving God, using content – not maliciously or for self gain, and they say it is theft?
Ok, I hate it when people rip or download content illegally. Their excuse is usually; “it’s not like I am ripping hundreds of DVD and running a business”. It’s a choice I have made not to partake in that activity.
However, what about the Church scenario? How often have you seen film clips shown? Maybe even ripped a DVD that you were allowed to show because it is easier to manage as a file? You would think that copyright stuff would have moved on from there, realizing that there is a intangible profit in having having their content shown to hundreds of people for a specific purpose. While I do not condone the infringement of copyright I also see the value of social marketing. Filmmaking is a passion of mine and I will not support piracy but I would definitely love to see my film go viral on the internet or used at almost every Church – even if I loose out on immediate royalties – that’s the independent filmmaker speaking hey?
What about Creative Commons? Surely that would cover scenarios like this?
There are ways to make life easier when it comes to displaying video content, not perfect. CCLI kind of comes to the rescue by doing all of the work in handling copyright issues, but that does not come without conditions. For instance, here in South Africa where we fortunately have access to CCLI(Christian Copyright Licensing International) and also CVLI (Church Video License), we are faced with the following cans and cannots:
- Ask for a contribution from people.
- Show any number of films/film scenes from the producers signed.
- Promote the film title within your church
- (notice board, newsletter, etc).
- Show films from television series that have been published by an authorized studio.
- Put the DVD in your computer and cue it up.
- Charge an entrance fee.
- Show any film – check the producers list.
- Promote the film title outside of your church (including billboard, websites etc).
- Show films that you have recorded from television.
- Burn the film onto another media for adding into a presentation.
I am not sure what your experience is at your Church or maybe even your company, but I think that this is ridiculous. That’s my opinion of course. What if you have clips from 5 dvds?
Have you been faced with theses issues? Have any alternatives, suggestions or thoughts? Please write them down here.
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