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#1 Ramon Engle

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:51 PM

Beginning of June I worked on a high end music video. Big Artist, Big Label, production company owned by Director.

Now the production company has filed for bankruptcy. The label is running the music video and a BTS video as well. I've talked to a couple of Operators on this subject.

What advice would any of you have?



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#2 brett.mayfield


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 06:14 PM

not legal to release unless payment has been issued, I believe. Ive heard a few people putting liens on the production company, but before the product has been released. small claims court?

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#3 Scott Monk

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 06:58 PM

Been there.

File a Lien IMMEDIATELY. Get a lawyer experienced in this. He will ruin their day.

Don't get screwed. Be the screwer, instead.

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#4 William Demeritt

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 07:18 PM

Contact the label, or have an attorney contact the music label. Inform them that you'll be sending a cease and decist letter to the label (a formal one) over non-payment of work for footage you shot. You're the primary copyright holder until paid, and until then, they're distributing content which does not belong to them. Inform them you'll be filing a copyright takedown notice to the platforms steaming the music video (YouTube, Facebook, VEVO, etc) and will be seeking to recover revenue made by the video's syndication, or they can pay you the fee you invoices the bankrupt production company.

They'll pay you, and then they'll sue the bankrupt production company. But you'll be paid. Screw them.
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#5 Ramon Engle

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 09:20 PM

Thanks guys.

William I'm having a lawyer draw up a letter. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks again.

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