Question about copyright as it pertains to a music video, a videographer, a musician, and video streaming sites.
I'm a musician preparing to release an album of original music. Some months ago, a videographer offered to create a music video, free of charge, for one of my songs. I came up with a concept and the videographer shot and edited a video under my direction. I'm the only person featured in the video.
To make a long drama short, the videographer is about to submit the finished product to me, but my dealings with this person have shown me that they are unstable, and I'm trying to figure out how to best protect myself. My concern is that I will release the video on the internet, then at some point in the future the videographer will decide they don't want me to have it anymore and try to have it taken down. I want to be able to post it to various streaming sites, alter it in the future if need be, and use it at my discretion without fear of takedown. Can anyone clarify who holds the copyright in a situation like this, and more practically, what's the likelihood of a successful takedown from video sites?
According to this PDF
, it doesn't seem to qualify as a work for hire since there was no explicit written agreement. I was thinking I could request that the videographer sign a transfer of copyright for the finished video, but I'm concerned they would refuse.
Key details again:
- I own the song in the video
- There was no explicit written agreement, but many emails discussing the project
- No compensation was paid for making the video
- Videographer shot and edited the video
- I wrote and directed the video
- My likeness is the only one in the video