Thank you for your question. Film productions have a myriad of legal issues that should be considered. There are few areas of law that compare in complexity. The most common sources of dispute are licensing and distribution rights.
The following website does a decent job as listing the various legal documents that may be desired for any particular film: http://filmmakeriq.com/2009/04/588-free-film-contracts-and-forms/
I would direct your attention especially to the last document on that webpage, titled "legal agreements". This the link: http://www.ispgroupinc.com/contracts/Sample_Legal_Agreements.htm
Even when someone pays for the production of a film, that does not necessarily resolve the issue of distribution rights to that film. In addition to the previously provided links, the following is a sample of a distribution agreement: http://www.satoriuslawfirm.com/docs/3.pdf
Naturally, these agreements are generally unnecessary unless a dispute arises. Because the nuances of every case are different, this information should not be construed as complete or advice without consulting with counsel in person, but this will hopefully provide an overview of the issues most likely to arise for any given video production and some sample contracts to deal with those issues.
Let me know if you need further clarification, and please feel free to leave a positive rating once you are finished; it does not cost anything extra to do so, and it is the only way I may be compensated. Thanks.
Thanks! The movie is mainly for fundraising purposes, to the help the children who's story it tells. The production company feel uncomfortable doing anything too complicated legally.
We mostly want to make sure we can pursue rights abusers (we don't want pictures of these homeless children used inappropriately, for example) and have the rights assigned to our foundation to do so.
Any suggestion on the simplest approach to assigning sufficient rights to our foundation to go after rights abusers?
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX guess I meant I want to make sure we are the rights holder so that they are "our image or property." Does that simply mean having ownership then (via the contract I am asking about) and then filing copyright?
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