Keep it Clean: Chain of Title Documents for Film
November 30, 2012
A “chain of title” is the proverbial “chain” of documents that demonstrates your ownership rights in your film. It answers the ever-elusive question: Who owns this? As the film making process evolves, many hands are shaken and third party agreements are formed which slowly give shape to the way the film looks, sounds and feels. Everything needs to be properly documented and compiled to demonstrate that each “chain” can be traced back to the original owner of the work being used. As your film grows, so will the chain—which can sometimes make for a trying exercise. Therefore, it is important to keep the documents in proper chronological order so as to avoid gaps of time in your chain. If issues arise later regarding ownership, these gaps make it more difficult to resolve.