My relatives and I are gearing up to form a YouTube channel that discusses and reviews various films. I have a bevy of movie posters and boxed/unboxed action figures of movie characters that I'd like to include in the background of our set; props, if you will. Some of the films within this collection will be reviewed in certain webisodes. Think of the old "Siskel and Ebert" show, but with them surrounded by these items. I bought every single one of them and thought it would give the set a nice pop culture touch.Are there any legal ramifications of having these items on display in that way? Thanks.
As long as your YouTube recordings don't misrepresent any affiliation with any owner of any film or any film character or action character, your use of movie posters and props is fine.
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Copyright includes at least the exclusive right to display a copyrighted work in the case of pictorial works and sculptural works, and displaying movie posters and action figures, on You Tube, may be copyright infringement; you should discuss with an intellectual property attorney in a private consultation.
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If these items are merely incidental and are just background there should be no issue. If, however, they are in some way integrated into the production it could become a copyright issue or in some cases a trademark issue if it appears to be a presentation of a false association.
If there are any concerns here, I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your objectives in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
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