Audio-Visual Research - Looking for footage?
Footage.Net - www.Footage.net
Footage.net is the world's premier online video stock footage search platform providing instant access to millions of online screening clips and text record from the world's top footage collections on a single site.
Stock Footage Online - www.Stockfootageonline.org
The World leading network of Premiere Stock Footage Libraries + Creative Digest for the Visual content Controllers
Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors - www.ASCIL.org
The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL), is a not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of the stock footage community.
Federation of Audio-Visual Licensors - www.Focal-int.org
The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International is a professional not-for-profit trade association formed in 1985 and is fully established as one of the leading voices in the industry.
The National Archives - www.archives.gov/research
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records and with increasing public access to those documents, which comprise the National Archives
Library of Congress - https://www.loc.gov
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Internet Archive - https://archive.org/
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com
YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
***NOTE: a good research tool but beware of copyright issues. There are many items uploaded by individuals but which are not free and clear to use in third party productions.
Copyright Information - What are the copyright laws? How do I copyright my new work? What's Fair Use?
The Copyright Laws of the United States
Downloadable - https://www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf
Digital - https://www.copyright.gov/title17
A Brief History of Copyright in the United States - https://www.copyright.gov/timeline
USA Copyright Office - https://copyright.gov
The Copyright Office is responsible for administering a complex and dynamic set of laws, which include registration, the recordation of title and licenses, a number of statutory licensing provisions, and other aspects of the 1976 Copyright Act and the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. By statute, the Register of Copyrights is the principal advisor to Congress on national and international copyright matters, testifying upon request and providing ongoing leadership and impartial expertise on copyright law and policy.
How to register a copyright in the United States -https://www.copyright.gov/eco
Your U.S. Copyright will be registered in a matter of minutes through our online form submission processing.
What is Fair Use?
Center for Media & Social Impact - Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use - http://cmsimpact.org/program/fair-use
Bound By Law? The best comic book you'll ever read about fair use. - https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics
What is Creative Commons? https://creativecommons.org
Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world - unlocking the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.
What does Public Domain mean?
Read about Orphan Works - https://www.copyright.gov/orphan/reports/orphan-works2015.pdf
Music Licensing - Who's publishing the song? What record company controls the recording?
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) - www.ascap.com
BMI (a/k/a Broadcast Music, Inc.) - www.bmi.com
SESAC - www.sesac.com
The Harry Fox Agency - https://www.harryfox.com
All Music Guide - www.allmusic.com
Global ImageWorks Practical Guide to Licensing & Clearances http://cdn.globalimageworks.com.s3.amazonaws.com/site_movies/practical-guide-2012.pdf