Proud parents filming their children’s performance at end-of-year concerts told they are breaking the law.
There is actually a range of issues when videoing children performing, including child protection issues and the consent of other parents to have their children incidentally filmed, reports ABC news.
Parents preparing to watch their children perform at a concert in Western Australia’s Kimberley region were told they would be breaking copyright law if they filmed their children.
Parent, lawyer and copyright expert, Fiona Phillips, said she could see how this might seem like an imposition on families, but that it can mean a fairer deal for artists.
“I can understand as a parent why you might be concerned if you’re told not to video your own child,” Ms Phillips said.
“Think about your average performance. There might be music, there might be scripts, there might be background scenery or costumes, as well as any choreography, and there will be separate copyrights in each of those elements.”
In the world of copyright taking a video of your child that happens to also include copyrighted music, or any other copyrighted creation, is called a reproduction and requires a licence.
If you are thinking that it is unlikely that you will be sued for breaching copyright by videoing you child’s concert, you are probably right.
But if the video unexpectedly goes viral, then we may have another dancing baby case, and you may be in trouble.
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