As cinematographers alot of work goes into creating the visual story of your big day. We are creators of your wedding video and really alot of effort and time is taken to weave all the scenes and moments into that special video.
Recently we have been getting a few requests to give couples privacy for their videos – meaning they want the copyright to the videos. No biggie, but that means that we are not allowed to post it on social media and on our website. Any form of marketing we would like to do using the video we created is not possible.
Legislation governing copyright
The Copyright Act (Cap. 63) and its subsidiary legislation form the legislation governing copyright law in Singapore.
What is this?
“Generally, the author of a copyright work has the right to reproduce, publish, perform, communicate and adapt his work. These exclusive rights form the bundle of rights that we call copyright and enable the owner to control the commercial exploitation of his work.”
As copyright owners to the wedding videos we enjoy the exclusive rights to:
- make a copy of the film;
- cause the film to be seen in public; and
- communicate the film to the public.
Ok now you know the creator or the video holds the copyright not the client who paid for the vendor for his own event.
Have you seen this article from 2015?
We have been careful to have the copyright terms in our contract. It lets couples know that we hold the rights and if they want to make their video private, we are always open for discussion. It is the norm in the industry to charge a nominal fee to waive our copyright over to you. Privacy you wanted – solved! Privacy 1 – Marketing 0
Anyway for all the PG and VG out there just remember to include the copyright act in your contract. It is to protect our interests. Clients should look through the contract carefully and discuss your concerns with your vendor. As long there is an understanding between client and vendor your wedding day should go by without a glitch.