Can I get sued for posting a video I am in to the public?

UPDATED: Feb 21, 2012

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Can I get sued for posting a video I am in to the public?

I do not own the video and I post that and all the proper credit to the producer and owner. Can I still get in trouble for doing so? I am using it for my own personal portfolio; no financial gain.

Asked on February 21, 2012 under Business Law, Maryland


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you do not own the video or the copyright to it, then you are infringing the owner's copyright. It does not matter if you appear in the video--that does not give you the right to post it It also does not matter if you are using it for your personal portfolio, and not for financial gain--there is no exception to copyright for non-renumerative uses. Finally, it does not matter that you credit the owner and producer--while that means you are not also plagarizing, it does not change the fact that you are infringing copyright.

Only the copyright holder, which is often (but not always) the owner has the right to display, post, reproduce, publish (including to the web), etc. a video.

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