Any video recording–including professional speaker demo videos–must maintain integrity on all video footage, music and other prerecorded media that is used to create the demo to avoid copyright infringement. This now includes audience faces as well as music, pictures and video footage.
For the record, I am not a lawyer and my motto when producing demo videos is “when in doubt, leave it out.” In the following post I will share my experience with copyright permissions and video production integrity.
When Primeau Productions produces a demo or promo video, most people know you cannot use a copyrighted song or picture downloaded from the Internet. I know from experience not to take chances using anything that you do not have permission to use and that is not licensed in your demo or promo video.
The above facts and observations are now trumped with another copyright issue that was not an issue until recently: the faces of your audience members.
For years we always used client approved audience shots in our professional speaker demo videos. Today however, we are more careful than ever before because we have become a litigious society.
I was recently contacted by National Speakers Association member Jolene Brown, CSP for my opinion on video recording a live event and including her client audience in the product videos. Her video supplier in Iowa, Andy Small, had reservations and did not want to film the audience faces. Great job, Andy– professionals must always use caution when recording people without their permission. Audience shots have been a huge dilemma over the years and here is what resulted from our conversations.