This story is crazy but 100% true....
it involves Taylor Swift, an NFL QB + a Wedding Videographer and it effected YOUR WEDDING FILM. here how....
There was this Wedding Videographer... We will call him Joe
Joe was one of the top Wedding Videographers
And he just booked NFL QB TONY ROMO
99 times out 100 when you are booked to shoot a celebrity wedding film
They DO NOT LET YOU use their film for marketing purposes or include it in your portfolio
Tony, being the cool guy he is, actually let Joe use his film in his Portfolio
WHOA! TOTAL GAME CHANGER FOR JOE THE VIDEOGRAPHER
he now never has to market ever again.
"Yeah I shot Tony Romo's Wedding Heres The Video"
Client: "Shut Up And Take My Money"
So Joe edits Tony's Film. and it's AMAZING but there is a BIG PROBLEM.
Joe used a Taylor Swift song in the video.
"So what? Tay Tay is amazing!"
Joe did not have
**THE LICENSE TO LEGALLY USE THE SONG**
why is that a problem?
Because... Joe got sued by Taylors Record Company
He had to settle for a large sum of money.
And in the end had to take down that video.
So you might be thinking....
"How does this affect me?"
Because if you're going to have a wedding film w/ music
then you MUST HAVE SONGS that were LEGALLY LICENSED.
you wouldn't be sued (just your videographer) but the video would have to be taken down
and it would be a whole thing and etc etc etc. Bad stuff. No Good
Videographers can now get music licenses for
popular songs from online websites like songfreedom.com
and musicbed.com that have a large library of songs.
Here is what you need to do...
When interviewing potential Wedding Videographers for your wedding ask the following questions....
Who chooses the song for my video?
Can I choose the song?
Do you use legally licensed songs?
I want help choosing a song. Can you do that?
you want to hear the following...
"I usually choose the song, but Im happy to include you in the process or let you choose the song"
(or some variation of that)
You don't want a Prima Donna "artist" telling you the song what song must be in your film
What if you hate the song? Will they re-do your video for free? Probably not
you have to pay hundreds of dollars
to have him redo the whole thing.
SO IN CONCLUSION
Make sure you videographer is on the up and up
with music licenses and involves you in the music process!