Licencing video to other companies ... at

Go Back   DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business
The pen and paper aspects of DV -- put it in writing!

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old October 29th, 2008, 01:45 PM   #1
Regular Crew
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Zelienople, PA
Posts: 86
Licencing video to other companies ...

I got a call today from Discovery Science with a request to use footage that I shot several years ago.

I have no problem providing them with the footage but I really have no idea how to license my footage to them or where I get any of the legal documentation to make that sort of thing official.

Also, I have no idea how much I should be charging or how I should be charging.

Any help would be most appreciated ... links to some sample legal documents would be great as well.

George Tasick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 3rd, 2008, 03:42 PM   #2
Major Player
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Posts: 516
George, Do a search of stock footage libraries, see what they are charging for comparable footage and read their licensing info. Licensing rates can run from $20-$150/sec depending upon uniqueness of the footage, quality or whether it's SD or HD. $40-50/sec with a minimum 10 second buy is fairly common.

Do not send them your original tapes/media and get payment up front.
"The good thing about science is that it's true whether you believe it or not." Neil deGrasse Tyson
Rick L. Allen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 3rd, 2008, 05:05 PM   #3
Inner Circle
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,742
I know it sounds like a broken record, but for the legal documentation you really, REALLY need to see an intellectual property attorney who knows something about copyright and licensing. It shouldn't be a major case but it's definitely NOT a DIY type of situation.
Good news, Cousins! This week's chocolate ration is 15 grams!
Steve House is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 6th, 2009, 11:06 PM   #4
Major Player
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Lexington, Ky - USA
Posts: 552
This is an old post but i had a thought here so i wanted to share. If you already solved this, i would be very interested in hearing what avenue worked for you. I find that when I work with large reputable organizations (and their team of lawyers,) it is often helpful to request that they submit a license request form. I then take that to my attorney for preview and alteration. In my experience it yields less attorney fees because you are not starting from scratch. I also try to account for any legal fees I incurred in getting the correct documents into the rates.
3x-HD1000u - Ikan 8000HD- custom i7 PC - Vegas Pro 13 and 11 64 bit - Premiere Pro CS4 - and a whole mess of other equipment...
Bryan Daugherty is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > Taking Care of Business

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:59 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network