Q: Would I be the "Sole Rights Holder of the material?" It's my video of a comedy show I taped with permission of the club?
I recently discovered a vhs tape of a stand-up comedy shot that I shot in 1993 at a Comedy Club. I was given permission by the comedy club to tape it as I was one of the comedians performing that night. I recently viewed the video again for the first time in almost 30 years....and 2 of the comedians who performed as well that evening went on to achieve some pretty significant success in both Stand-Up and Film. One of them has since passed away. Somebody approached me about the possibility of obtaining footage of that his stand-up comedy performance from 1993 which I have on my VHS tape. I was asked if I was the "Sole Rights Holder "of the material and.....I have no idea. Hoping somebody can share a little insight. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
A: Very likely you are not. It is very possible the people in the video have some rights over the video.
You may have to reach out to the people live or their estate and get permission from them.
You should consult with an attorney, and also talk with an insurance company that specializes in copyright claims.
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