Our Media law expert, Fiona Peet, has written a guest blog for Iris Prize. We sponsored their Producers' Forum - which took place one week ago. Here, she looks at 'fair dealing' in filmmaking - and explains what filmmakers need to look out for when they're using clips of copyrighted works.
Guest Blog – Fair Dealing It's a week since the Iris Prize Producers Forum, sponsored by Capital Law. Here, Capital's media expert Fiona Peet explains how filmmakers can use the "fair dealing" defence to include archive clips in their films. Filmmakers often wonder whether or not they’re allowed to use archive clips from films or television, and if so whether or not they have to pay for them. The laws regarding use of clips are – as you might imagine – fairly complex – but as long as the material is used in a certain way, filmmakers can feature copywritten material in their film without getting permission from, or paying, the copyright owner. These uses are: to report current events for criticism or review to use a quotation for caricature, parody, or pastiche.