I have an unlabeled acetate record from the early 60s that contains music and an interview with a late musician, composer and counter-cultural icon of some note. As far as I've been able to figure, I have the only copy and there is no copyright. There is a documentary about this person in the works and the director/producer is interested in using this material. Someone else, the operator of a long-running fansite, would like to release it as part of a retrospective album next year. I've already offered that it be used in the film for free. Is it possible for me to get compensation for its inclusion on any audio releases? [more inside]
My partner has been contacted by one of the major TV networks who has asked to use some historical film footage that he shot. He is getting ready to call them back. What are the issues at play here? What questions should he be asking? [more inside]
A local theater company wants to use one of my images to promote a play they may be staging in 2015. Got a few questions for the Green. [more inside]
My fiancée and I want to have our engagement photos done. Rather than pose in front of scenic backdrops, we'd like to have photos taken in front of a green screen, then have vistas from video games that are special to us inserted behind us. For instance, in the finished product, we're in front of the castle from Super Mario 64 or a Paris nightclub from Sly Cooper. Is this something that professional photographers can/will do? I know there's green screen photo places, but will they add the game backgrounds that we provide? Are there licensing/copyright issues in play that will get in the way of this?
I'm interested in obtaining a license to distribute a modified version of someone else's software from a large multinational corporation. How would I go about doing this? What sort of contracts would I need, who should I contact, and how can I ensure that I get the best deal? [more inside]
Is it possible for cc-licensed content to be un-cc'ed? That is, relicensed under a more severe license. As far as I know, Creative Commons is forever, but I just wanted to make sure.
What are the rules for using company logos in creative works? Specifically, why was Marge able to refer to Chanel many times in that one Simpsons episode while the logo was never fully visible? [more inside]
I recently purchased an album by downloading it from a website. The license agreement said that I can burn it up to 10 times, and put it on up to 3 mobile devices. Both of those are fine by me - I only have one iPod, and I don't really need 10 CD copies of it. It did get me to thinking, though... [more inside]