Saturday, February 11, 2023

Saturday Film Club: Condor

An interesting history of the British Raiwlays "Condor" container service. However, I wonder about the use of all the historical footage. Yes, the maker takes a lot of time to credit the owners, although one diagram listed as Railway Hub should be Rapido, but does this consititue "Fair Use" copyright?After all, the whole video is made up of film that doesn't belong to the maker. There's a huge amount of work gone into the production, but I'd love someone to tell me it's all OK. 

1 comment:

Paul said...

Legally (strictly speaking): all the material is new enough to be within copyright (how old material needs to be to go out of copyright due to age is a whole other complex thing), so the video producer needs the permission of the copyright owner to use it. UK law allows some use of copyrighted material without the permission of the owner, known as "fair dealing". This is much more limited than the oft-mentioned American "fair use". In the UK it's basically restricted to reproduction of small amounts of material in academic and journalistic contexts, eg a few seconds of a film in a review.
Legally (practically speaking): the worst trouble you're going to get in for a YouTube videos like this is having it taken down, unless you use material from one of the image libraries like Getty, in which case all bets are off. Never steal from Getty.
Morally: it's complicated, and depends on how you interpret the value of both the acquisition and sharing of information and knowledge.

(I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. Just someone who needs to check copyright rules before posting stuff on the internet.)