documentary film productions


Licensing Archive Footage 101: 5 terms you need to know

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At first glance, the process of licensing copyright-protected footage from archive sources is not very different from reaching any other legally-binding arrangement. However, negotiating and setting the terms of a licensing deal always requires a full understanding of all the rights, obligations, and details concerning the use of the archive footage on both sides of the agreement. The following examples of licensing terminology can be found in almost every license negotiation between an archive footage provider and a content creator.


Archive Researchers

Featuring: Sebastian Claesson, Malmö

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You’ve told us that you’re one of a very few number of full-time archive researchers for documentary film productions in Sweden. How did you first become interested in the field of archive research?

I think it started already in young years, spending hours and days going through my father’s collection of books and pictures. The solitude and knowing that you might find something exciting, that someone hadn’t looked at for a long time.  (more…)