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.

Twit Happens – So Here Are Some Legal Tips for Twitter Video

Twit Happens – So Here Are Some Legal Tips for Twitter Video

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews cyberlawyers Mark J. Rosenberg and Daliah Saper about the new video features in twitter; and shares tips for businesses to use video in twitter and other social media responsibly, and not run afoul of the law.

How To Defend Your Reputation Against Online Video Defamation

How To Defend Your Reputation Against Online Video Defamation

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews digital forensic analyst and Internet libel specialist Michael Roberts about how a non-attorney like himself has helped an increasing number of victims of harassment and defamation online, and why he argues that our existing free speech laws need to be changed.

Legal Battle Brews Over Internet TV Re-broadcasting - What Are The Repercussions?

Legal Battle Brews Over Internet TV Re broadcasting   What Are The Repercussions?

When the ivi launch press release crossed my desk, to say I was interested would be an understatement. For those that don't know ivi is an application that takes broadcast television, currently only from Seattle and New York, and streams it to your desktop, anywhere ...

Anonymous YouTube Cyberbullies - Should They Be Outed?

Anonymous YouTube Cyberbullies   Should They Be Outed?

Grant Crowell interviews attorneys Daliah Saper and Mark J. Rosenberg, as they weigh in on the legal case with YouTube that's hit the mainstream media, and the big question: Under what circumstances under should an Internet Service Provider should be required to unmask an anonymous subscriber?

Outing Cyberbullies On YouTube: Defamation or Free Speech?

Outing Cyberbullies On YouTube: Defamation or Free Speech?

Listen to my podcast interview with attorney David Fish, counsel for Carla Franklin, who is described in the media as the "brainy ex-model" going after cyberbullies on YouTube by having legal papers filed to expose their identities. Is there a free-speech case to be made ...

UFC Sues UStream and Justin.TV Over Live Streaming Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is still one of the biggest headaches that video hosting sites deal with on a regular basis--you might have heard about a long legal battle that YouTube spent millions to win.  Most video portals, like YouTube, have gone to great lengths to demonstrate ...

Vimeo Announces Creative Commons Licensing - But Are Users' Hands Tied?

Video hosting platform Vimeo yesterday announced on its blog its support for Creative Commons licensing, providing its members a more precise control over where and how others can use their own videos. But restrictions persist with how members can feature other rights-owners videos and other original works on Vimeo, even if they have the same clearances that Creative Commons provides.

Legal Issues With Online Video for Business – Understanding The Basics

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews Daliah Saper, Intellectual Property and Internet Law attorney, to provide an basic introduction for businesses and other professionals with understanding legal issues with online video.

Video Marketing Tip for Attorneys – Offer Honest, Useful Information

Imagine that you needed to hire an attorney and you decided to search out one online.  For those attorney's that have web video, which one would you choose if you were to base your decision off their video?  Would you choose the lawyer who tells ...

Understanding Legal Issues With Copyrighted Music In Video

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews Chicago's high-profile “new media” attorney Daliah Saper about some of the important issues that video marketers and other professionals need to be aware of if they are using (or plan to use) other people's music in their own online video pieces, and for their own professional gain.

Do Online Video Mashups of Marvel Comics' Characters Fall Under Fair Use? Stan Lee Talks!

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell asked Marvel Comics creator icon Stan “The Man” Lee, the keynote speaker for the 2nd day of the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, what does he think about others making videos with Marvel characters and posting them online for their own business or amateur ventures?

What The Hamas "Online Video Threat" Can Teach Us About Freedom of Speech

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell talks with attorney Mark Rosenberg about the recent international media attention and public outcry over an animated cartoon posted online by the military wing of the political group Hamas, and why even “psychological warfare” with online video is and should be protected free speech in this country under the First Amendment.

Hitler Memes On YouTube Aren’t Legally Protected Parodies

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell talks with intellectual property attorney Mark Rosenberg, about why the multitude of video clips on YouTube taking a scene from Constantin Films' 2004 film, Der Untergang ("Downfall"), don't meet the criteria for fair use under U.S. law.

IP Extremism In Action? - YouTube To Remove Hitler Memes

Sometimes the world just seems upside-down.  Case in point:  YouTube has begun the daunting task of removing all the clips of the movie Downfall (the now-infamous Hitler-getting-mad clip) due to a copyright claim from Constantin Films. That is exactly the opposite of what most online ...

Improving Online Video Creative Use and Monetization

Improving Online Video Creative Use and Monetization

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell asks Harvard Law Professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, what technical and legal platforms best balance the protection of online video copyrights versus creative expression by others?