I live in the United States. Sometimes in the course of my day, I witness something very interesting (almost always involving other people) that I think “I would love to capture this on audio or video, and make a movie out of it.”
Hence my question – “What is the law regarding taking webcams and video in public places? – especially if you want to:
1.) splice the video into a movie that you dream of selling to an interested buyer.
2.) splice the video (without audio) only into a movie that you dream of selling to an interested buyer.
3.) splice the audio (without video) only into a movie that you dream of selling to an interested buyer.
How about if you add “face-blurring” to the video – can you then maybe use it? Especially if you’ve truly hidden the identity of the person.
What’s the legal way to do something like this – do you have to inform the video’ed people prior to the videoing, and pay them royalties to do this the fair way? Informing them before would lose the spontaneity I’d like to capture – remember “Candid Camera” lol
And what websites would most clearly explain the (United States) law on this topic? How about other countries – are the laws different regarding this question in, e.g. Europe or some other country you live in?