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    Default What Are Your Rights if News Media Uses Your Video or Photos Without Permission

    My question involves personal property located in the State of: California

    Let's say you shoot a video of a news worthy occurrence and post it on social media. The news media - should they wish to use it - will likely ask for permission. But this raises several questions.

    1) If the news media uses it without your permission, what is your best course of action? Would you be entitled to some sort of settlement?
    2) If the video has been posted on social media, what is your best course of action to prevent news media from using it without your permission?
    3) If the news media requires your permission, then why are they allowed to publish videos - without permission - which one films in which a crime is alleged to have occurred?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: What Are Your Rights if News Media Uses Your Video or Photos Without Permission

    Depending on the material and how it is used by the media, it may be fair use. Depending upon the terms of service for the website through which you post the video, you may also surrender certain rights relating to the use of the video by others.

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    Default Re: What Are Your Rights if News Media Uses Your Video or Photos Without Permission

    The best course of action to prevent news media or anyone else from using it without your permission is to simply not post it on social media, or if you insist on posting it on social media, make it only visible to the people you intend to share the video with (for instance your friends). Once something is posted in the public domain, the original owner of that video loses all reasonable control over who sees it and how it is used. Same is true for anything posted to a social media site - covfefe.

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