Does a local TV owner own my paid advertisement? Can they do whatever they want with it?

Asked 6 months ago - Jamaica, NY

I paid a local TV owner to produce an ad for me last year, after running it on their show during the time allowed, they then posted it on You Tube. I want them to remove it from You Tube. I have been contacting them since November of last year, they said they will but never did. Does this ad become their property or mine since I paid for it? What can I do to force them to remove it from You Tube?

Additional information

There was no signed contract between us at all!!!

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  1. Michael Lewis Marley


    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . How does it hurt your business with them running it on YouTube? What, if any, damages do you have? You could take your complaint to YouTube directly, I suppose.
    You may also contact a lawyer who can send a legal letter to the station on this.

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  2. Alan Sanders Richard

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . Go back and read your contract. If it like the standard contracts used around here, it included a release that allows the station to use the add in other media, like Youtube, if it wants to do so.

  3. Albert Lee Crosner

    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . Did ownership of the ad come up during your verbal discussions with the TV owner who produced the ad? You should get together with a contracts or business attorney to review your situation with you and help you to make some decisions. If you do not know of one, you can use the site to find one. Best of luck.

    Mr. Crosner is licensed to practice law in California and has been practicing law in California since 1978. The... more

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