Re: [Videolib] Due diligence

MileFilms@aol.com
Thu, 1 Jun 2006 08:21:59 EDT

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Finding a holder of a copyright is not the hardest thing in the world to do.
I can say this honestly because it's what I do for much of my work. It's like
learning any job.

There are several people who do this for a living who have been known to work
at very reasonable prices. My guess is that due dilligence would be defined
as hiring one of these specialists or paying Thompson & Thompson for a
copyright search.

Yes, sometimes it does take a long time. It took me fifteen years to find
Elizabeth Rogers, the rights holder to People of the Wind, but I did it because I
thought it worth it. If a filmmaker had to do this for a film in production,
perhaps they'd use a still or a trailer instead -- or find another option. I'm
facing many of these issues trying to clear the music rights (four years and
running) for KILLER OF SHEEP.

If anyone has seen Tony Buba's LIGHTNING OVER BRADDOCK (available at
Zeitgeist), it has a wonderful scene where he has to consider whether he should pay
$15,000 to CAMI for the rights to Jumpin' Jack Flash which is absolutely,
positively necessary for the scene. His solution was FAR better than if he had paid
for the rights.

A greedy copyright holder is not THE obstacle to art or education -- a lack
of imagination is.

Fan of the first place Mets,
Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video/Milliarium Zero
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: 201.767.3117
Fax: 201.767.3035
milefilms@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com

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Finding a holder of a copyright is not=20= the hardest thing in the world to do. I can say this honestly because it's w= hat I do for much of my work. It's like learning any job.

There are several people who do this for a living who have been known to wor= k at very reasonable prices. My guess is that due dilligence would be define= d as hiring one of these specialists or paying Thompson & Thompson for a= copyright search.

Yes, sometimes it does take a long time. It took me fifteen years to find El= izabeth Rogers, the rights holder to People of the Wind, but I did it becaus= e I thought it worth it. If a filmmaker had to do this for a film in product= ion, perhaps they'd use a still or a trailer instead -- or find another opti= on. I'm facing many of these issues trying to clear the music rights (four y= ears and running) for KILLER OF SHEEP.

If anyone has seen Tony Buba's LIGHTNING OVER BRADDOCK (available at Zeitgei= st), it has a wonderful scene where he has to consider whether he should pay= $15,000 to CAMI for the rights to Jumpin' Jack Flash which is absolutely, p= ositively necessary for the scene. His solution was FAR better than if he ha= d paid for the rights.

A greedy copyright holder is not THE obstacle to art or education -- a lack=20= of imagination is.

Fan of the first place Mets,
Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video/Milliarium Zero
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: 201.767.3117
Fax: 201.767.3035
milefilms@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com

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