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Old August 5th, 2015, 07:55 AM   #1
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I shot a 30 second commercial with a friend

of mine about five years ago. I can't find him now. A company would like to use the commercial. I will not be able to obtain consent. What are the pitfalls of me allowing the company to use this commercial without the actors permission?
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Old August 5th, 2015, 05:39 PM   #2
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Re: I shot a 30 second commercial with a friend

Depends on whether a contract was drafted and whether any compensation is being offered. He could see the commercial and either request compensation or request his likeness not be used without his consent, at which point the company would not be able to use the commercial unless/until they make an agreement with him or risk legal action. Likewise, he might approach you requesting a percentage of whatever compensation you receive from the company's use of the commercial.

It's also possible that the company using the commercial discovers your friend has not given consent and could take pre-emptive legal action against you to cover themselves.

Not sure if that is a complete answer, but hope it helps.
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Old August 6th, 2015, 04:17 AM   #3
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Re: I shot a 30 second commercial with a friend

You should consult with a lawyer rather than ask for advice on a Internet forum.
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Old August 6th, 2015, 06:35 PM   #4
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Re: I shot a 30 second commercial with a friend

Nevermind what I said. ^^^This.^^^
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Old August 9th, 2015, 11:59 AM   #5
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Re: I shot a 30 second commercial with a friend

I appreciate all of your replies. It really isn't that big of a deal, though. I Will just not pursue it.
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