Who owns problematic footage of 5-year-old me?
April 28, 2012 9:58 AM Subscribe
I just found some video footage of 5-year-old me on Youtube. It was definitely not posted by my parents. It also features nekkid hippies (I am dressed). Who owns that footage?
Something like 8 years ago, I was interviewed for a documentary about a Pagan hippie church my family belonged to when I was a kid. The documentary never really went anywhere (though it was apparently finished; I just found it on IMDB
). Recently I looked myself up on Google (like you do) and there was the interview on Youtube, along with a few other clips from the movie. Mostly I was amused (Hi scrawny college Nibbly!). But there was also a clip of 5-year-old Nibbly surrounded by a bunch of dancing naked hippies. I wasn't being traumatized or anything--I remember the event and it was fine. But I had zero idea this footage existed, and it definitely wasn't shot by my parents. (I don't know who filmed it... but my best guess is a local guy who is dead now.) I signed a waiver for the interview, but not for the archival clip.
Right now the Youtube clip is the first thing that pops up if you Google my (distinctive) real name. I've worked in childcare off and on, I'm about to start a job search (in conservative Louisiana), and I'm really concerned about potential employers seeing the clip. When I track down the filmmaker's info, I plan to ask them to take my interview off Youtube. Do I have any legal rights here, or am I limited to asking nicely?