Machinima Artists Guild

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Recording live music & dance in SL - legal/copyright issues?

What are the legal, ethical, and etiquette issues when making a machinima of a live music, dance, or other performance art in SL, especially if the machinima may be shown on local community television?  What if the performer is singing copyrighted popular songs?  Do we have to confirm that the singer had the legal right to sing those songs in a public performance?  Do we need to get a model release signed?

I direct television at a San Francisco Bay Area community television station and would like to telecast machinimas of SL performances.  Before I can even think seriously about it, I need to know the legal issues involved and what my responsibilities are.

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