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Thread: Copyright for storyboards?
May 9th, 2010 #1
Copyright for storyboards?
I was wondering if there were copyright issues in what you use while making storyboards? It seems that because it is used for internal purposes, that copyright doesn't really matter? So you can take whatever you want and use them in the boards? (like just taking actors faces and plugging them in).
Anyone know what the deal with this is?
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If you are working inhouse and the project has the actors attached to it then the company should be able to provide you with images owned by the company. Example; When we did Bridge Commander we had access from Paramount Pictures to sets and actors images owned by Paramount for the creation of the game.
Otherwise copyright law applies to work not owned by the company you work for. IE you can't take it for commercial purposes without permission.
May 12th, 2010 #3
Humm, but you see people taking references for film all the time...all over.
Like you could go work for a movie and they could pull out a picture of the alien from aliens and say "yea, we were thinking something kind of that feels like this".
Copyright protects against using someones elses work directly to make profit... but previs isn't being sold, it's just to help guide what comes later. Unless maybe they make "the art of" book?
Or maybe it's one of those things where it is against copyright...but an issue where no one would ever find out hehe (like selling your brother a picture of spiderman for 5 cents..."technically" against the law, but no one cares enough about it).
May 13th, 2010 #4
What you are talking about is how Cameron got sued for Terminator and ended up paying Harlan Ellison for Soldier
Same with Ridley Scott got sued for Alien and Payed AE Van Vogh for his short story Ixtl in Voyage of the Space Beagle. If it is recognizable it is copyright violation.