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Chapter 2. Source Material: Getting It i... > Copyright Issues: Don't Break the La...

Copyright Issues: Don't Break the Law

Before we start, I need to mention one thing: Do not break the law. Gathering source footage is essential for starting a video (or audio) editing session. But you need to be careful what you use. Copyrighted material (whether from television broadcasts or someone else's property) cannot be used freely. I do not recommend trying to use any copyrighted material unless you get express written consent from the licensing agency that owns or has rights to the footage. To avoid any headaches, the best solution is to just produce your own footage. Grab a camera and shoot what you need. If you do not have the means to get the scenes you're looking for, many companies lease stock footage.


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