*I reached out to one TV network and received what amounted to a non-answer. Hmm, I have a feeling this is going to take a lot of research and someone who understands legal-speak.*
As you can tell from the large gap between blog entries, I haven’t written any new “insights” about my favorite films, television shows, or theatre performances in a while. Part of the reason is due to the 111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge that I focused on from October until the end of January (the full list can be found on my author website). For 111 days, I wrote about the link between art (in its various forms) and spirituality. Given my love for film, television, and theatre, many of the pledge entries were entertainment-focused. Here are just some of the ones relevant to entertainment:
- WRITING ABOUT REVENGE: Day 105 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge
- DAY 80: A Year That Changed My Life
- DAY 59: My Unexpected Journey
- Day 48: Mixed Tapes for TV Couples
- Day 31: Dramatic Writing
The other reason I haven’t written anything new is an admitted lack of knowledge and information about blogging rules and guidelines. The idea that I could be infringing on copyright laws or improperly citing a TV show or film title (unintentionally, mind you) worries me enough to delay posting. I went out into the great, wide world of the internet to search for “blogging about TV” or “entertainment blogging guidelines”, but found a lack of helpful information. So, what do I want to know?
- PHOTOS: Including images in blog posts adds an extra layer of professionalism and helps catch a reader’s attention. Yet, when writing about a film, tv show, or musical/play, can I include a photo? If so, where do I find them and do I need to request permission in order to embed the image?
- VIDEOS: Similar to photos, can I include clips of shows or movie trailers in my blog posts? If so, do I need permission or are they notified when I copy/paste an EMBED link?
- TITLES/NAMES: Whenever I mention a TV show, film, or musical/play, I always include a hyperlink (whenever available) to the original/official website. I want to make sure that readers interested in learning more about the titles I write about can easily find the original source. Are there guidelines/rules in place for including links to official sites of using the names or shows/performers?
- TAGS: Are there any restrictions to including a television network or actor’s name as a meta tag in a blog post entry?
I hesitated writing about this topic for fear that I would appear unprofessional or come off as an amateur. Then, I realized there are probably many more entertainment fans (like myself) who are as interested in blogging about their favorite shows as I am. I sincerely doubt I am the only one wondering about how we can best promote and support the industry without violating any copyright or infringement rules.
I’ve obtained some helpful feedback from fellow writers, but I am interested in expanding my knowledge of this specialty in the ever-advancing blogosphere.