Many producers spend far too little time looking after the legal aspects of their productions. Therefore, they often have to painfully learn that a film project cannot be published unless all necessary rights of use and licenses are secured. Without the necessary permissions they cannot have their own projects, a really unpleasant situation.
Be it literary characters, recordings of persons, brands, artistic or architectural objects, photos, film material or music recordings from third parties – a user license is always required for use in new productions. The question of what I can show without permission is not always easy to answer. In addition, the different regulations of the respective countries in which the recordings of objects are made apply.
For example, buildings or properties can be seen on the drone or aerial photographs that are so popular today. These photographs may not be shown in Germany and in many other countries without permission of the respective owners. Photographs taken from public roads or paths are permitted in Germany without permission, but not in some other countries.
What service do we offer?
Ulrike Ziegler is a specialist for film rights clearance. She will be happy to advise you which rights need to be clarified for your film project. No matter whether it concerns personal, trademark, music or copyright rights.
Purchase of rights
We research and contact potential rights owners and negotiate a usage permit at a fair price.
What does our service cost?
The processing of an initial enquiry is free of charge. The costs for further clarifications depend on the expenditure. Our hourly rate is 150 Euro and the cost is capped at 450 Euro per right to be clarified. In addition there are the transfer fees for the right holders and our commission of 20%, which is usually borne by the right holder.
The use of copyrighted material without permission is common on the Internet. If you conclude a free representation contract with us, we will investigate unauthorised uses for you and negotiate compensation for you.