Post # 1
I just received the contract from the videographer that we’re planning on using for our wedding, and wasn’t sure if it was typical.
The thing that bothers me is that the contract gives them 365 days (1 year!) to get our video to us. That seems very excessive. Is that typical? I was thinking of asking them to shorten it to 6 months, which seems reasonable to me (and still pretty long!), though they have been pretty hard to deal with in our negotiations in general. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? What was the turnaround time in your contract?
Also, does anyone have any wording regarding reproduction rights to make copies? Is that typical?
Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
one year is a little insane, they’ve written that in there to protect themselves. if they’re a reputable videographer, it won’t take them a year. the last two weddings i was in, it took 2-3 months for the video to get back to the couple.
i don’t know about copyright releases for videographers, but our photographer wrote us a copyright release that says she ceded all rights to the photography contained on our CD, something to that effect so we could make copies. we technically paid her for it (it was included in our package), but it was nice to have it included so we could print/post to facebook without watermarks, etc.
Post # 4
@tba814: So I just looked through all my wedding stuff from our videographer and we actually never signed anything that said in what time frame they’d give us our video haha. I know verbally they said about 3 months which it ended up being only 1 month!! I think 1 year is a bit much!!!
I am also no help in the reproduction department sorry :/
Post # 5
365 days is not acceptialbe! I’ve been doing wedding video for 12 years and the longest it has ever taken me to fully edit a video is 5 months. He is just coviering his “tushie”. You may want to find someone else.
Most professional videographers won’t give you the right to reproduction. The problem being we use copyrighted music (that we pay for) and if you reporduce it, you can run into some serious legal issues. The record companies are cracking down hard on copyrights. They are loosing money with all the digital downloads and CD sales at an all time low. There are videographers who have been sued for $100’s of thousands of dollars. Ask them if they can make you extra copies, offer to pay a few dollars for it.