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.

Defamation and Libel In Online Video – How To Protect Yourself

Defamation and Libel In Online Video – How To Protect Yourself

Grant Crowell of ReelSEO answers this week's submitted legal video marketing question: Is it legal for someone to make a video to purposely ruin a company or person's business reputation? Learn how to best handle and protect yourself from defamatory online video, legally and professionally.

Are Public Figures “Fair Use” In Online Video Marketing?

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews intellectual property and e-commerce attorney David M. Adler on what's legally safe to feature a video of a public figure for your own business purposes.

LA Filmmakers Tackle Ambitious Recreation of Landmark Gay Marriage Trial On YouTube

A few weeks back, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow to online video when they ruled that the Proposition 8 court case in California could not be broadcast on YouTube.  I was disappointed.   And it seems like I wasn't the only one. Two Los ...

Legal Video Marketing Question: Publicity Rights Vs. Right of Privacy?

In their new legal video marketing series, ReelSEO's Grant Crowell and attorney David M. Adler answers a reader question: "Is it legal for an individual to video record patrons in a restaurant and post it on the Internet?”

Legal Video Marketing News: Are Public Figures Fair Game?

Legal Video Marketing News: Are Public Figures Fair Game?

Listen to ReelSEO Grant Crowell's podcast interview with intellectual property attorney Mark J. Rosenberg, as they explore legal issues with featuring an online video of a public figure and using that for commercial purposes?

California’s Same Sex Marriage Trial To Be Broadcast On YouTube - OR NOT

California’s Same Sex Marriage Trial To Be Broadcast On YouTube   OR NOT

UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court has now blocked the trial from appearing on YouTube, claiming it could impact the fairness of the trial.  Bummer.  That pretty much negates everything I wrote above.  I guess we'll have to wait for our landmark broadcast-online court case.

Video Marketing and The Law - What You Should Know

Our attorney colleague Mark Rosenberg was recently published in Affiliate Summit's FeedFront magazine with his article titled “Video Marketing and the Law.” Mark shares what basic proactive measures video marketers should be araware to to avoid common legal pitfalls, including: right of publicity issues, copyrights, licensing, contracts, and receiving proper consent.

“Fair Use” Legal Update – What Online Video Professionals Should Know

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews intellectual property and new media attorney David Adler about recent developments with the popular case today involving the battle between fair use and copyright protection, and what it can teach online video marketing professionals about detecting and preventing clear-cut copyright violations in web video.

Right of Publicity With Online Video – Questions Answered!

Recently we've had some readers asking questions about my recent interview with attorney Mark Rosenberg on “right of publicity” video issues with online video marketing. Questions such as: How can you get permission from large crowds to be in a video? Is the business or venue owner's consent enough or not? How can patrons be made aware of video recording on the premises, that protects yourself? I asked Mark for a follow-up interview to these questions, and now you can read all of his answers here!

Social Media: Sharing, Theft and The Fine Line

I've recently had problems with some of my content being republished without any request for permission, links back to the site or editing of the content. As far as I'm concerned that constitutes plagiarism as they are taking credit for the content, copyright infringement as ...

Right of Publicity – Most Overlooked Legal Issue With Online Video

Right of Publicity – Most Overlooked Legal Issue With Online Video

While trademark and copyright has typically made up most of the discussion of legal issues around online marketing and video for business, many companies today are still completely unaware of another equally important issue – controlling your image and likeness in any video by someone ...

Greg Jarboe - IP Extremism Vs Fair Use With Online Video

Greg Jarboe   IP Extremism Vs Fair Use With Online Video

At SES San Jose 2009, I spoke with Greg Jarboe, President and Co-Founder of SEO-PR, about some common legal questions and issues with regard to online video.  Greg talks about "IP extremism" – the increase of attorneys' knee-jerk legal reactions – including cease-and-desist orders and ...

"Fair Use" In Online Video Marketing – The Daisy Whitney Interview

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews Internet video and social networking expert and e-media personality, Daisy Whitney, on her upcoming eBook,Keeping Your Content (and yourself) Out of Court –A guide to understanding the Fair Use doctrine in the digital media age. Daisy's eBook digs into the what ...

Does YouTube Not Give A S**t About Ethical Business People?

Months ago I warned of an increasing number of online video solution providers copycatting the YouTube logo to create "initial-interest confusion" with consumers. Has YouTube finally started cracking down on this deceptive practice in the industry of video and SEO? Or are they  continuing to ...

Fighting Video Harassment and Video Cyber-bullying

Is someone using video to harass, defame, or threaten you online? If so, what can you do about it? One such person talks with ReelSEO about her recent experience, how she was able to get it stopped, and shares her tips on how to fight ...