Video & The Law

Legal Video Guide – Learn tips for important legal issues with online video for commercial use. Here we offer news and insights into copyright infringement, fair use, trademark, right of publicity, right of privacy, defamation, trade secrets, waivers and releases – and how all of this relates to web video and digital media. Here you will find trends, tips, and insights with real attorneys and legal professionals in internet and new media law, intellectual property law, entertainment law.

Without My Consent – How Video Professionals Can Avoid Online Privacy Violations

Without My Consent – How Video Professionals Can Avoid Online Privacy Violations

How would you feel if someone posted an online video of you or a loved one in a private situation for the whole world to see? It’s scary how much video is being posted online that doesn't respect the privacy rights of others, including from ...

Feds Looking into Cable Company Anti-Trust Actions Toward Online Video

Feds Looking into Cable Company Anti Trust Actions Toward Online Video

Hell yeah! If you've been a long-time reader, you know I'm no fan of the cable companies. Their outdated, dinosaur-like companies are holding back video entertainment in a variety of ways if you ask me. Every once in awhile one will make some move that ...

SOPA And PIPA Get A Beat-Down: An Online Video Series

SOPA And PIPA Get A Beat Down: An Online Video Series

Today the main sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill announced it is being shelved. The bill had triggered fierce nationwide protests, website blackouts, and the pullback of Congressional support. Here's a video series just from the past couple days of some of ...

Vimeo Fights SOPA, Supports OPEN Act To Curtail Online Video Piracy

Vimeo Fights SOPA, Supports OPEN Act To Curtail Online Video Piracy

I interviewed Senior Counsel for Vimeo, Michael Cheah, who shares his thoughts about why The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Vimeo is running messages on January 18th (today) highlighting the issue and will invite users to tell Congress to reject SOPA. 

Blip.TV Founder Says SOPA And PIPA Threaten All Online Video Platforms

Blip.TV Founder Says SOPA And PIPA Threaten All Online Video Platforms

I interviewed the founder of the Blip.TV, Charles Hope, who shares his thoughts about why The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is extremely bad for online video platforms and their users, and explains what's really needed is not new laws, but better business innovation.

SOPA And PIPA May Cripple The Web Video Ecosystem, Unless We Fight It

SOPA And PIPA May Cripple The Web Video Ecosystem, Unless We Fight It

I interview entertainment and new media attorney Gordon Firemark for a guide on two controversial bills in Congress and the top online video crisis of 2012 – the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which are threating to censor our ...

Parody Videos In Online Marketing – Fair Use Or Illegal?

Parody Videos In Online Marketing – Fair Use Or Illegal?

In our continued "Is That Legal" video series, I have entertainment law attorney and friend-of-ReelSEO, Gordon Firemark, answer a fan's question about making parody videos of professional wrestling for their own marketing activities. 

How to Get Legal Permission For Shooting Video: The Orabrush YouTube Marketing Story – Part 4 of 4

How to Get Legal Permission For Shooting Video: The Orabrush YouTube Marketing Story – Part 4 of 4

In this finale segment on the Orabrush YouTube marketing story, I again interviewed Orabrush CMO Jeff Harmon to talk about how his company has managed to get legally-binding permissions for shooting people and locations featured in their YouTube videos, without it slowing down your production ...

The End of Fair Use on YouTube? - The Reel Web #11

The End of Fair Use on YouTube?   The Reel Web #11

I'm traveling out of town this weekend, so we're doing this week's look at the Reel Web a bit differently: we're doing it vlog style! I quickly look at a couple stories that stand out to me and share them with you guys in a ...

Justin Bieber Goes To Prison!...Is One Possible Headline If Bill S.978 Gets Passed

Justin Bieber Goes To Prison!...Is One Possible Headline If Bill S.978 Gets Passed

Let's face it. We all expect Justin Bieber to go to prison for some reason down the road, because almost every child who experiences success at such an early age tends to find trouble. Former child stars single-handedly created the E! Network back in the ...

Netflix To Attack Privacy Law As Unconstitutional, Raises Further Privacy Issues

Netflix To Attack Privacy Law As Unconstitutional, Raises Further Privacy Issues

Treading water, sinking like a rock, there are all manner of swimming metaphors that could be applied to the last few months of Netflix's life. Now, they are perhaps facing a whale of a task. They are ready to challenge the Video Privacy Protection Act ...

7 Tips for Using Copyrighted Music in Professional Videos & Slideshows

7 Tips for Using Copyrighted Music in Professional Videos & Slideshows

This legal video question comes form Malia Leinau Meyers of Malia Professional Photography, out of Kailua, Hawaii, concerning the use of copyrighted music in her video montages of photography work. Attorney Gordon P. Firemark explains what you need to know about copyright infringement, getting proper ...

YouTube Videos Exploiting Kids: A Concerned Parent's Outrage

YouTube Videos Exploiting Kids: A Concerned Parents Outrage

I interviewed popular "Mom Blogger" Jessica Gotlieb, who shared her strong opinions about the YouTube controversy with musical performer Evan Emory and others who behave irresponsibly with online video, and appear to be rewarded for it. Jessica also talks about why parents and communities must ...

Can I Get Sued For My “Fake” Video Prank? Legal Video Q&A

Can I Get Sued For My “Fake” Video Prank? Legal Video Q&A

Just because YouTube isn't legally liable for a "bad" video on its website doesn't mean that you're off the hook for posting it! In our "Is That Legal?" video series, attorney Evan Brown explains why featuring other adults or kids in your online video without ...

Can I Sue YouTube for Causing Me Emotional Distress? Legal Video Q&A

Can I Sue YouTube for Causing Me Emotional Distress? Legal Video Q&A

Can you sue YouTube for emotional distress? I interviewed Evan Brown, technology and Internet property attorney from Chicago, and asked him about the huge legal challenges with holding YouTube responsible for what other people post online, even if it causes serious emotional trauma to the ...