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.

Federal Judge Slaps Down DVD Streaming Service Zediva With Injunction

Federal Judge Slaps Down DVD Streaming Service Zediva With Injunction

I KNEW I should have used my lingering Zediva credits! Apparently, a federal judge by the name of John F. Walter has slapped down Zediva (remember, the Netflix competitor that lets you rent a DVD and player and stream movies from that player via Internet) with an ...

UK To Extend Copyright Exemption To Parody & Personal Digital Use Copies

UK To Extend Copyright Exemption To Parody & Personal Digital Use Copies

Holy end-around Batman! The UK appears to be on the verge of giving the OK for people to ignore the MPAA and RIAA and allow consumers to begin ripping their CDs and DVDs for personal, digital use. The recommendations also include extending the copyright exemption ...

7 Important Online Video Legal Questions On Copyright And Fair Use

7 Important Online Video Legal Questions On Copyright And Fair Use

Intellectual Property Law Attorney Marcelo Halpern gives us a "legal video education" on why most online video professionals and enthusiasts today have big misconceptions about what they are and aren't allowed to use with what they find or put out on the Internet, and the ...

Electronic Frontier Foundation To Online Video Creators: Know Your Rights!

Electronic Frontier Foundation To Online Video Creators: Know Your Rights!

I interviewed Rebecca Jeschke, Media Relations Director for the digital civil liberties group, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Rebecca shared with me how they fight for people's rights with both creating videos and expression of freedom speech, and important information for all online video creators ...

Video Waivers and Releases For Recording People On Video: Legal FAQs

Video Waivers and Releases For Recording People On Video: Legal FAQs

Many online video producers and marketers today have lots misconceptions about what whether or not they have legal permission to record video of someone and put it up online. If that describes you, then you might be interested in my interview today with Intellectual Property ...

Netflix Competitor Zediva Blasts Movie Studios For Stifling Innovation

Netflix Competitor Zediva Blasts Movie Studios For Stifling Innovation

Zediva is still making waves, and still streaming one DVD in one player to one customer. In recent court document filings, the streaming DVD rental service (for lack of a better description) blasted back at the MPAA, essentially telling them to take off the blinders ...

YouTube Felony Conviction Unconstitutional, Says First Amendment Expert

YouTube Felony Conviction Unconstitutional, Says First Amendment Expert

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) President Greg Lukianoff has protested Muskegon County's felony criminal charge of child pornography brought against 21-year old YouTube performer Evan Emory as "an overreaction and "at odds with Supreme Court precedent." Greg helped explain why local parents and ...

How Attorneys Can Use Online Video To Help The Public and Build Their Practices

How Attorneys Can Use Online Video To Help The Public and Build Their Practices

Legal assistance for online video marketing and other professionals is becoming increasingly important in our litigious society. So why are most attorneys and law firms still resistant to publicly sharing legal information with online video? Entertainment law and new media attorney Gordon P. Firemark addresses ...

Singer Evan Emory Back On YouTube: Web Redemption or Bad Timing?

Singer Evan Emory Back On YouTube: Web Redemption or Bad Timing?

Controversial YouTube performer Evan Emory is back on YouTube. The singer gave his first public music performance yesterday on a local radio station, sharing new songs he composed while in Muskegon County Jail in Michigan. The video has now appeared on his own YouTube channel ...

Anti-Piracy Bill to Make Streaming Pirated Video a Felony

Anti Piracy Bill to Make Streaming Pirated Video a Felony

The government is continuing its fight against online piracy, this time attempting to clarify a law to include specific mentions of video streaming. Currently, it's a felony to download pirated content, or to reproduce it... or sell it. But there's no specific language regarding video ...