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Old May 8th, 2014, 07:25 AM   #1
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Can I record/film a contractor working on my home?

Our home driveway and apron are in need of repair/replacement.

I'm considering recording the entire process, from estimate to completion, hopefully with enough to end up as a short doc relating history and maintenance of the property, and maybe even using it as demo footage for marketing.

Since the vast majority of the process will occur on my property, am I legally allowed to record the entire process, from estimate to demolition/removal, and replacement?
Would I need signed releases from each member of the crew?
I'd even be willing to turn it into a brief promotional web spot for the business that does the work, if they want to use it.

I invite all advice based on experience/knowledge.

Thanks.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:22 AM   #2
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Re: Can I record/film a contractor working on my home?

Hi Denis,

Not a lawyer, but yes, you would have rights to videotape on your own property. That said, it could make the workers uncomfortable if you're constantly taping them. They might think you're trying to catch them screwing up or something to use against them.

I think the best approach would be to speak with the company owner up front and make arrangements to do some taping (not constant) with the idea that you would provide him with some sort of short video. Maybe get a discount off the job in exchange for a short video for his website. That way, everyone's on board and you're not the creepy, distrustful homeowner taping their every move. If taping for anything other than "personal use", for instance a commercial or something you want to put out in public, releases would be recommended.

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Old May 8th, 2014, 06:50 PM   #3
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+1 with what Jeff said but I would go a step further. I would draw up some sort of agreement that you and the contractor sign stating that he has agree'd to you video recording his crew and their working AND have EVERYONE sign a release giving you permission to use their image.
It's CYA because I promise you 3 years from now you''ll get a letter from a lawyer who is looking to sue you on behalf of someone.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:17 PM   #4
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Re: Can I record/film a contractor working on my home?

Thanks for the input.
I have intentions of discussing it with the business owner/mgr, but I believe it's wise to get the advice of others; 2 or more heads are often better than 1.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 12:40 AM   #5
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Re: Can I record/film a contractor working on my home?

Unless you need detailed shots, I'd just put up a "security" camera covering the area.
1) it's your property and your right
2) it won't interfere with their work
3) videotaping people repairing your driveway sounds boring as s--t on a nice summer day.

I wouldn't even bring it up to the owner or mention it to the crew. Buy and mount an unmanned camera and recorder, drink beer on back porch with feet up. Done.
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