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Nov 26, 2001
I am an amateur videographer, I am wondering if Airshow pilots own the rights to their performance? If I was to film an airshow for commercial use, would I have to get permission from each performer prior to selling the videos?
Thanks for any help
Depends on the contract. Most of the time it would be the organizer that owns the rights to the show. EAA sometimes sells their own video of Oshkosh and Sun-n-Fun so being that they derive a profit from selling these videos they may not take kindly to people selling similar videos without paying for licensing. If a performer doesnt sign away the rights of their performance they would be entitled to defend their performance as a copyrighted work. Either way it is considered a work such as a book, movie, etc and covered by copyright laws.
I know that photography that is taken in a public place is copyright of the photographer.

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