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Using video footage from one video, for another

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Saul Good View Drop Down

Joined: 29/June/2015
Location: Australia
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  Quote Saul Good Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Using video footage from one video, for another
    Posted: 29/June/2015 at 10:12

Im looking for some advice for my situation.

Business A was looking for someone to create a promotional video for them and approached Business B. Business B, could not provide this service and contacted my video business.

Both businesses viewed my website, where they viewed previous work i have done for similar projects. I quoted Business B on the job and the quote was accepted.  No contracts were signed and I went on to complete the job for Business B.

The video was created 4 months ago and highlighted many of the services that Business A performs.

8 weeks ago, I made a number of marketing videos for my own business demonstrating my video-making capabilities. Each of these videos targeted different industries, by using footage from previous work i had performed.   In one particular video, I used 3 scenes (8 seconds) from the Business A video.  These scenes did not contain any identifiable features of Business A nor did they contain any people.  It showed a printer printing a business card, a machine cutting the business card and the business cards being put into a box.

I have worked really hard to promote this video on google and youtube and it has now become quite successful with it now being number 1 on youtube.

I approached Business A and told him of my success with the ranking and if he would like me to help him with his video. I told him that if he engaged my services, that it would lock out his competitors from using my services whilst i was working with him. He failed to reply. I contacted him twice more to advise him of my offer and he still failed to reply. So i then began to approach similar businesses to advise them what i could do for their business and it has had some positive results.

Business A has now threatened to sue me if i do not take down this video from Youtube. Interestingly, he has agreed to let me keep it on my website, but I can not have one without the other.

Can i use the footage that i filmed even though it has no distinguishing features allowing it to be traced back to Business A?


Eddy View Drop Down
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  Quote Eddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29/June/2015 at 13:07
It's in your best interest to remove it. Even if you couldn't be sued it, you'll lose a good reference (don't upset those who pay and promote you). I don't see why it has to be on Youtube to also be on your website. A webmaster should be able to arrange that for you.

Saul Good View Drop Down

Joined: 29/June/2015
Location: Australia
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  Quote Saul Good Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29/June/2015 at 13:38
Thanks for your opinion Eddy.
The video is generating leads for my business. Simply removing the footage can not be done without removing the entire video, thus then removing this avenue of opportunity.

Using Youtube as the host, and embedding the video is just one of the many reasons why the video is number 1 on youtube. Hosting it on my own server will not yield anywhere near the same results.

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