Legal thoughts for use of clips in a homeschool movie
July 4, 2012 7:50 AM Subscribe
My 7 year old son and I have been working to make a movie out of a story that he wrote this summer for a homeschool project. In making the movie, since we do not have an effects department, we found a few short clips (a few seconds or so) from movies - which we own copies of if that makes a difference - that we would like to use. Since this is a project for school, we want to make sure that we follow all rules and complexity of doing something like this and wanted to try to get permission to use the clips.
posted by GrumpyMonkey to Education (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Currently the plan is to just show the movie to his friends who helped act in it but, as he has been working on it, he has become very interested in a charity to provide mosquito netting to kids in Mali and is trying to figure out how to show it to a broader audience to raise awareness. We are still working on the details of that part though.
So, my question is twofold:
One – do we need permission for a project like this? I assume yes but am really not sure. Everything that I found in researching this related to music, not movies.
Two – if we do, how do we go about contacting the movie companies to do this?
(I know that you are not my lawyer and any advice is just one person to another)