North Jackson, OH asked in Copyright and Communications Law for Ohio

Q: My child was included in a broadcast on a news channel. Am I entitled to a copy of the broadcast?

Child is underage and I am the guardian/parent. Sent email requesting it and they claim they can't due to some copyright excuse. I've never heard of this from other requests I've made of other news outlets.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Whether they must give you a copy would depend on the terms of the agreement you made with them when you gave them permission to make a video using your child. They own the copyright in the video recording, but can only use it and broadcast it within the terms of your permission and agreement to use your child's image. If they won't give you a copy, you would have to sue them to try to get it.

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