Center Social Media Online Video Fair Use Copyright

Better Call Saul! (Primer on Fair Use for Online Video)

To those who are not watching AMC’s Breaking Bad TV series, “Better Call Saul” is the title of a Season-2 episode when defense attorney Saul Goodman first appeared on the show.  Saul is/was (no plot giveaways here!) one of the most memorable characters as he reflects all the negative stereotypes of criminal lawyers in a charming, and at times, hilarious way.  Think Ari Gold (Entourage) conjoined with “Show Me The Money” Rob Tidwell (Jerry McGuire) and you’ve got Saul!

Lawyer parodies aside, the fact is legal considerations impact online video production and distribution, especially the “fair use” doctrine which clarifies when copyrighted material can be used without permission or payment.   You can read more at the Center for Social Media’s website or download the center’s report Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video here!

It’s an important read and valuable resource with guidelines to help you understand when you can/can’t incorporate copyrighted media into your productions.