How to Legally Film Anatomy Posters

How to Legally Film Anatomy Posters

Lights, Camera, Action!

It is tempting to stage a few props and begin rolling the camera. Whether the video is for a television series or medical office YouTube promotion, it is wise to make certain you have clearance for the use of any artwork and logos depicted in the scenes. This includes anatomy posters. Up-front extended use fees are nominal compared to penalties imposed after a copyright infringe­ment has occurred.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, first-time copyright infringe­ment cases can carry a fine of up to $250,000 and up to five years in prison. If you get caught more than once in a copyright infringement case, you could face addi­tional fines of up to $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison.

In some cases, minor infringements may be settled by either a cease-and-desist demand or settlement from $5,000 to $35,000. But these are not prece­dents.

Movie studios, photo­graphers, and artists have at least a general know­ledge of copyright laws. They routinely obtain model releases, nego­tiate product placement, or remove product branding from props. Deriva­tive works, global rights, duration, and trans­fera­bility rights must be stipulated.

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