Re: Use of Copyrighted Materials (Also Long)

Jessica Rosner (
Tue, 19 Feb 2002 10:26:35 -0800 (PST)

Just to second Dennis' info , use of uncleared material has led to a number
of films never seeing the light of day in terms of distribution
I remember watching one documentary on the homeless which included a clip
from SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS. At the end the film said " courtesy of Paramount
Pictures" This was a dead give away that it had NOT been cleared as the
films has been OWNED by Universal for 30 years. I don't even bother to look
at films that have uncleared clips or music. I know of one film Kino turned
down because on an uncleared clip that the filmmaker would not split the
cost of procuring the rights for. It was not a great film but it was never
released. No company could afford to be exposed to the liability of
distributing a film with copyrighted material that had not been taken care
In one case which I am sure Dennis knows but which because we like the party
involved we will protect the names, a distributor set up a dummy company for
a film to avoid legal liability for a film that had A LOT of illegal

Tell your student to stick to using her film for a thesis project and not to
risk showing it for ANY public purpose. If you get a really nasty producer
( and I know a few) it is possible that the university ITSELF could be
liable if they assisted her in doing the film.


Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: > Reply-To: > Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 10:34:53 -0800 (PST) > To: Multiple recipients of list <> > Subject: Re: Use of Copyrighted Materials (Also Long) > > There are some filmmakers such as Craig Baldwin and Mark Rappaport who have > made a living making "outlaw" films using "borrowed" material and it can now > even be considered a genre unto itself. BUT: >