A competitor wants a copy of the video we shot, what to do?

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jcthedj

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Recently, we videotaped a wedding (we do videotaping also) where the client only booked us for the video portion and one of our competitors for the DJ portion. We we were leaving when one of the DJs (they were double-teaming the event) asked me if they could get a copy of the video. They are nice enough guys but they are the competition.

Here's my dilema, if I give them a copy of the video, I will be helping my competition. Secondly, they didn't offer to buy a copy of it, they just asummed I would give them a copy of it.

What do you think the right thing to do is? Just give them a copy of it. Not give them a copy of it (or just not call them to say the client's video is done) or charge them for a copy of it. If they were to 'hire' us to shot video a 'demo' of their performance, first of all, I'm not sure I would do it but secondly, if I would do it, I would certainly charge them. Now granted, the wedding video isn't focused just on them, obviously, but there is enough footage of them to make a nice 2 to 3 minute 'demo' video.

Any advice? Thanks.
 

Arnoldo Offermann

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1) As a videographer... network with everyone!

2) If ONE promo video gives them an advantage over you, you've got bigger problems at hand.

3) Learn to deal with this now... because I am sure it'll happen again and again.

4) Be honest with them! Tell them, "I'd be happy to give you footage, but you'll need to edit it on your own or have someone else do it. We offer DJ services as well, and you don't want a biased view editing your video. Likewise, we do ask for video credit and you may not feel comfortable sending someone to a videographer that also offers a DJ service."


Hope that helps! I know it's not candy and sprinkles, but it's just my opinion. :)
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
I agree with everything Arnoldo said.
I would just add that you need to get signed permission from the B&G before you do it. -Z-
 

dj_kevin_f

Go Big or Go Home
You were the videographer not the DJ. In this case you can not look at him as a competitor. Get the Brides permission and share. Make sure it is rough only. The edited video is what the bride paid for. That is your studio time and you must be compensated.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
I'd say I have to agree with the rest of the posts. Even though my initial instinct is to say no, I can't help you... many times the cooperation can pay off in the future. Don't burn bridges.

As for charging. You already got paid to do that work.

All of my other sentiments were stated above.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Even though my initial instinct is to say no, I can't help you... many times the cooperation can pay off in the future.
I agree...and how big of a schmuck would one look like if they refused the request and then the DJ went to the B&G who then calls you on the DJ's behalf? The high road is the way to go here. -Z-
 

Tim English

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You can probably just ignore him. I used to ask for video from every videographer I ever worked with. I think I got 2 in 10 years.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Do you charge the clients for their copy of the DVD? ..... First off, I'd check with the clients for the appropriate releases then I'd consider selling the DJ a copy of the finished product for what the client paid you. Then make the DJ sign a written document stating that should he use said video for advertising and web site purposes, he would be required to provide full credit to your company OR you could embed your advertising into the video itself so if and when he did it, your company name/logo shows up all over the place.
 

Alexander

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You didn't DJ this wedding so I don't understand your reasoning "they are the competition". If anything, they should be concerned that you, their competition, has video footage on them. I also don't see why you couldn't just give them the raw, unedited footage of their parts in the video, with client's permission of course. Like others have said, it's a great networking opportunity that might even generate future referrals/bookings for you.
 

DropZoneDJs

Member
I am with Tim on this one, I have gotten one video in many years. Also the video's I have seen at weddings are know different than the photographers we very rarely get a spot in those video's. Kind of like the show where four brides vote on each others weddings, I am always looking for the shots of the entertainment and it is slim to none. They focus on everything but the most important thing if the night. We are last on the list of priorities and it show by photographers and video's.
 

jcthedj

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OK, thanks for the input. I think I will give them the raw footage and let them edit it for them selves (or I will edit it for them and charge them.)
 
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