Is shooting video legal for commercial use?

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panos_m Senior Member • Posts: 1,318
Is shooting video legal for commercial use?

I post this here because is the forum I read most and because is related to the video feature in Nikon dslrs. I apologize in advance if it isn't something new.

I am following with great interest the video codec war (H264 vs Theora vs ... and the decission of the Mozilla foundation not to implement H264 in Firefox) for the upcoming HTML5 standard. Then I came across to this:

http://www.osnews.com/story/23236/Why_Our_Civilization_s_Video_Art_and_Culture_is_Threatened_by_the_MPEG-LA

Nikon choice for using MJPEG maybe has something to do with this. I checked myself 5D2 manual and it say it clearly that it's video feature is only for personal not commercial use.

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revaaron Veteran Member • Posts: 6,644
I guess not for viccodin

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LilKnytt Veteran Member • Posts: 7,213
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Even the TV industry has used the video for tv programming. The show "House" supposedly shot their entire final episode with the 5DM2 & that's commercial use. And I know that they've used it on "Criminal Minds" with no problems either. So what's Canon going to do - sue them??? Hardly they just see it as more sales for them.

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cra Junior Member • Posts: 34
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As the article points out, the bad gay is not Canon here, but MPEG-LA that holds the patents.

panos_m OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,318
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LilKnytt wrote:

Even the TV industry has used the video for tv programming. The show "House" supposedly shot their entire final episode with the 5DM2 & that's commercial use. And I know that they've used it on "Criminal Minds" with no problems either. So what's Canon going to do - sue them??? Hardly they just see it as more sales for them.

Maybe they obtained a license from MPEG-LA or maybe they don't know it and none has gone after them until now.

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Marcello Geerts Contributing Member • Posts: 907
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Canon is not gay?

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dwight3 Senior Member • Posts: 2,463
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Marcello Geerts wrote:

Canon is not gay?

At least Canon is not bad gay.

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Good to hear that, we need some good gays in this world.

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thomasnb Regular Member • Posts: 456
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LilKnytt wrote:

Even the TV industry has used the video for tv programming. The show "House" supposedly shot their entire final episode with the 5DM2 & that's commercial use.

Do you not think they could simply have paid the licence fees to MPEG-LA?

And I know that they've used it on "Criminal Minds" with no problems either. So what's Canon going to do - sue them???

It's not Canon who would be doing the suing, it would be MPEG-LA. Canon has used their codec without paying for the full rights (commercial use of the output) and therefore put its customers in the position of potentially violating IPR terms of use.

Hardly they just see it as more sales for them.

Indeed, it might even have been Canon who paid the licence fees for 'House' and 'Criminal Minds'.

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Mark den Hartog Veteran Member • Posts: 3,676
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I don't think this can be OUR problem.

legally it's canon, they provide us! and therefore Canon is liable and not the end user.
Might it be our problem just convert to another codec or go full res.
Anyway this will never holdup in court. What if this was jpg?

thomasnb wrote:

LilKnytt wrote:

Even the TV industry has used the video for tv programming. The show "House" supposedly shot their entire final episode with the 5DM2 & that's commercial use.

Do you not think they could simply have paid the licence fees to MPEG-LA?

And I know that they've used it on "Criminal Minds" with no problems either. So what's Canon going to do - sue them???

It's not Canon who would be doing the suing, it would be MPEG-LA. Canon has used their codec without paying for the full rights (commercial use of the output) and therefore put its customers in the position of potentially violating IPR terms of use.

Hardly they just see it as more sales for them.

Indeed, it might even have been Canon who paid the licence fees for 'House' and 'Criminal Minds'.

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Mel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,716
Re: Is shooting video legal for commercial use?

I would suspect that Nikon's choice "was" made as a result of this now that I read the information. But really, who knows?

It will be interesting to see what transpires from this if anything?
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