Hi Pete:

The RIAA (Recording Industry Artist of America) and the MPAA (Motion 
Picture Association of America) have gone nuts over here. They are 
going after anybody and everybody. They just hit a grand-dad with a 
$660,000+ charge because his 12 year old grandson downloaded movies 
on granpop's computer. I have "no" love for either of them, 
especially those foul lumps of carnage the RIAA.  And I am being 

On the opening green screen of the trailers they spell out in legal 
dis-ease what they will try to do to you if you snag their stuff. Not 
that it stops anyone from downloading the trailers.

So in this particular instance, I think she would be on steady ground 
by either asking permission or chosing not to use the trailers. Fair 
use is a slippery slope and you have to be certain you have right on 
your side.

--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Pete Prodoehl <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> Gena wrote:
> > Well, this is fairly cut and dry to me. You need permission from 
> > original owners. You might not have a hard time if you contact 
the PR
> > or promotions department of the film. Some movie producers are
> > actively looking for bloggers to spread the word about their 
> > 
> > The movie trailer is their property. They own the copyright and 
> > decide who can use their property. Now if they like what you are 
> > or saying they may turn a blind eye but if they don't they have 
> > full force of the law to get you to remove their content from the
> > vlog. Or force your ISP to shut you down.
> > 
> > You can write about it. No question. Give your impressions or 
> > But if you use a still photo or a trailer clip it can get ugly. 
> > costly. 
> You might what to determine what would constitute 'fair use' of 
> I was under the impression if you were referencing something in  
> presentation you could show/play a small amount of it. Of course I 
> know what Dave Slusher tells me...
> Pete
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