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What can I do?

If you want to copy all or part of a feature film, short film, documentary, TV program, interactive game, TV advertisement or a music video, you probably need permission from the copyright owner.

The copyright owner of a film, video or TV program is generally the producer – not necessarily the TV station or cinema.

If you are copying the work as part of your homework or for a class assignment, you often won’t need to get permission but if you want to use the work in other ways, such as entering the work into a competition or exhibiting your work publicly (like on the internet), you will need to get permission from the copyright owner.

Some DVDs and websites have anti-copying protection or need a password or payment to watch a film. If this is in place, you shouldn't try to break into it to copy or watch the film.