“Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 雨傘革命實錄：以史為鏡“, as I have said many times, would be impossible to make without the creative content (videos, photos, music, art, etc) from over 100 crowdsourced content creators. And I have decided to do the following.
1) Emphasize this film is a crowdsourced film at the start of the film. And mention that the 100+ credits will be given at the end of the film. In fact, the following text are words I am currently using (subject to change) in a screen before the film starts.
This documentary is crowdsourced from 100+ creators.
Full credits are given at the end.
2) At the credits section at the end of the film, I have given credits to the 100+ creators under the sections of videos, photos, music, etc. When possible, I’ve asked for and received permissions from the content creators and give them credits. In the cases of some public figures, news media outlets, etc, I have relied on the “Fair Dealing” provisions (for example the “news reporting” provision which include documentary film making) in the Canadian Copyright law to use those materials and they are listed in credit sections marked with “fair dealing”.
3) With respect to branded-watermark video footage (e.g. video by Apple Daily, DBC, TVB, etc), after some careful consideration, I’ve decided to blur them (see the above sample photo) so that watermarks will look blurred. This way, the content creators will NOT be appeared to endorse my film in anyway. This is important as I have edited, applied slow motion, etc to some of these footage, and it will be unfair to these creators that their logos still appear in modified footage in the documentary.
Of course, full credits are given at the end of the film to acknowledge them as per requirements of “Fair Dealing” provisions in Canadian Copyright law. While I am a Canadian filmmaker and making this film following Canadian laws, it should be noted that there are also “Fair Dealing” provisions for news reporting under the Hong Kong Copyright Ordinance.
4) Finally, many thanks again to the 100+ content creators!