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Master Geek

Topic # 88590 18-Aug-2011 15:23
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I'm making a documentary for my course, interviewing a couple list MPs and a certain party co-leader on the topic of democracy.
I want to use clips from Parliament TV, but copyright is an issue. I have no idea who the copyright belongs to, and if I can use it without written consent, or if not, under fair use.
Can anyone help me out?

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 508624 18-Aug-2011 15:33
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Write to the the office of the Speaker in Parliament and ask them...

Office of the Speaker
Parliament House
Wellington 6160
New Zealand

I suspect if it a non-commercial project you should have no problems, but they are the arbiters of all things to do with parliament....

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  Reply # 508626 18-Aug-2011 15:55
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Also be aware that  footage is placed on youtube via the web site for public viewing.


Knoydart (one of the Technical managers at PTV)

NB views expressed here are personal and not of my employer


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  Reply # 508632 18-Aug-2011 16:07
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Well thats an easy one, copyright is owned by us the tax payer. You have my permission to use and abuse any footage from the debating chamber

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Master Geek

  Reply # 508636 18-Aug-2011 16:14
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I'd love to say that was true, but I know it's not. I don't usually give credit to the United States government, but they sure got that one right, especially when you see the dissemination of photos from NASA that otherwise would've been under copyright and would've had a far more restricted audience.

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  Reply # 508641 18-Aug-2011 16:26
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You could always use the Daily Mail's defense - which is that anything on the internet is in the public domain.

What license is the Parliament TV footage released under on youtube?

Youtube does have a Creative Commons license available - I'd have thought that as it is "our" parliament - a CC license would be a natural fit.

Then again - this current parliament did pass Skynet....

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  Reply # 508648 18-Aug-2011 16:31
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Here are terms and conditions from

Terms and Conditions


Following are the terms and conditions for the use of the video and audio of the House of Representatives as set out in Appendix D of the Standing Orders.

Live coverage of the proceedings of the House of Representatives is made available for television broadcast, webcast, and recording in other mediums to provide greater public access to the legislature. The coverage is made available on the following conditions:

1. Any broadcast or rebroadcast of coverage must comply with Broadcasting Standards Authority rules.
2. Coverage of proceedings must not be used in any medium for - political advertising or election campaigning (except with the permission of all members shown) satire, ridicule or denigration, commercial sponsorship or commercial advertising.
3. Reports that use extracts of coverage of proceedings and purport to be summaries must be fair and accurate.

Breach of these conditions may result in a loss of access to coverage, and may be treated as a contempt of the House of Representatives and proceeded against accordingly.

Absolute freedom of speech (privilege) applies to members speaking in the House of Representatives. Further publication (including broadcast or webcast) of these proceedings does not have the same legal protection. If you are in doubt about the content that you wish to publish, you should seek your own legal advice.

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  Reply # 508649 18-Aug-2011 16:33
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I´m guessing that fair use of the material will apply in your case but the office of the Speaker will let you know.
If you do use footage in your work, it helps to promote the house and TV coverage, which is a win all round.

Let us know how you get on.

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  Reply # 508654 18-Aug-2011 16:40
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knoydart: I´m guessing that fair use of the material will apply in your case

Probably, but  the inthhouse files on Youtube are tagged with the "standard youtube license" as opposed to creative commons, so you will need the publishers permission to reuse it...- whether those above T&Cs constitute an express permission I am not sure, So yeah default to the ask the speaker path .....:)

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  Reply # 508706 18-Aug-2011 19:03
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Interesting that it's not under Crown Copyright, which seems to me to be more reasonable (and even more liberal than Creative Commons).

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