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Old 08 August 2013   #1
Question Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer non-profit media lincesing for CG research

Hi,
I am a member of the Computer Graphics Lab of the University of Brunswick in Germany. Colleagues of mine used a short sequence from a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie to show some of their computer graphics reasearch work on automatic fitting of clothing using only monocular video material.
Their scientific paper has been accepted for the Siggraph Asia Conference, but to be able to show the results with the before-mentioned movie sequence they need permission from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
They have been trying to reach people in the licensing department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for weeks now, but did not get any real response so far and time is running out.
Maybe someone on these forums reeding this can give our team a hint (right person to contact, etc.) on what to do to get through to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and get some sort of license that allows us to publish the work.
As mentioned before it is all about non-profit research work.
I'd really appreciate any sort of hint I can get on this topic. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 08 August 2013   #2
Getting permission from large franchises or organizations is notoriously difficult. You say the setup is non profit but I am guessing tickets are sold where you want to air the material and therein lies the rub. Usually the only way to avoid this situation is to use material you have already got permission to use, or create your own. I know this is cold comfort and I hope other members have ideas for you.
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Old 08 August 2013   #3
Thanks for the reply. I think the real problem is, that it is difficult to reach somebody who is actually taking the whole thing serious and tries to get us the license. Nevertheless my colleagues got permisson from MGM today, which we did not really expect any more, as a reply to one of our many EMails to the licensing department.
 
Old 08 August 2013   #4
Oh man that is super!!!
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