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Do I need to purchase broadcast rights or commercial rights for a voiceover (for a short film) that will only be shown on social media and possibly a few film festivals?


connorshmonnor

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Sorry for the dumb question, I just have no idea how this stuff works. Basically, I am certain I will not make money from this short film (except for possibly winning some monetary prize at a film festival, however unlikely that may be). But do I need broadcast rights just for it to be shown at a festival or on my (unmonetized) Youtube and IG pages?

Thanks in advance

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23 hours ago, connorshmonnor said:

Sorry for the dumb question, I just have no idea how this stuff works. Basically, I am certain I will not make money from this short film (except for possibly winning some monetary prize at a film festival, however unlikely that may be). But do I need broadcast rights just for it to be shown at a festival or on my (unmonetized) Youtube and IG pages?

Thanks in advance

If it was shown on film-festivals, I would charge broadcast rights because of a "large audience". You might not earn money on this short film, but perhaps my voice will be one of the reasons why a famous director discovers you and you end up making blockbusters in ten years. Because of examples like that, I don't really care if you're gonna make money now. I care about audience size. If a non-profit comes to me asking for a voice for a large audience I'd say the same. There's no way for me to know how much money a project will earn the creator. 

I know other VAs who would just go for commercial rights on this one, so you'd really have to ask the talent about it. They might have questions about the usage that could help clear this up. 

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