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.

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?

Remixing Copyrighted Video – Fair Use or Infringement?

Remixing Copyrighted Video – Fair Use or Infringement?

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell asks Harvard Law Professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, what's in it for businesses to be more lax in their enforcement of copyrighted video based on fair use culture?

Legal Online Video and Fair Use - Sharing Versus Ownership

Legal Online Video and Fair Use   Sharing Versus Ownership

ReelSEO's Grant Crowell interviews interview Dr. Shay David, VP of Business and Community Development and co-founder of the open source video platform and network Kaltura, and founding member of the Open Video Alliance, about what he considers to be the most important legal issues with open standards and technologies with online video today.

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.