BNVN Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Welcome to our frequently asked question's page, where we try to answer all of the most commonly asked questions we receive.

Question: Now that BNVN has been taken over by StormChasingVideo.com, LLC, what changes will their be if any?  

  Answer: Nothing is changing, just expanding the whole operation to better server our clients and contractors.

Question: Why does all of the footage on BNVN have time codes and logos burned on the video?

 Answer: The footage on BNVN is for video production companies, video professional and freelance editors and or producers to be able to pick various stock video clips for their projects. The on-screen time code will allow you to rapidly pick the clips you need so that you can purchase the actual footage license for their project.


Question: Do I need to order a sample DVD reel?

 Answer: Yes if you want the highest quality demo footage to preview in your project.

The demo DVD's depend on the length of the footage needed and are shipped on non-linear editing (NLE) demo DVD or Hard Drive in digital video file format such as DV-AVI, DV-MOV or DV-HD (HD, HDV, or MT2) or in rush order cases, via FTP over the internet.

Since almost every video editing system is now a non-linear system, we only provide footage for non-linear editing (NLE) systems. In some cases we can provide the footage for an extra fee in Mini DV or VHS.


Question: How can I get a higher resolution Flash Video File or FLV to download for my project?

 Answer: You need to sign up to our Producers / Members Access to be able to download the higher resolution MOV Quicktime files.


Question: What is a "Stringer"?

 Answer: Stringer is the news industry term for a freelance photojournalist or freelance videographer.


Question: Does "Fair Use" apply to the footage shot by BNVN?

 Answer: NO, BNVN is in the business of selling footage. Our group of freelance stringers owns the actual copyrights to the footage on the BNVN web site. Any claim of "Fair Use" by the news media or other media outlets and or web sites is a "Copyright Violation". We do pursue all copyright violations of our work for monetary damages.


Question: What Do We Consider A Copyright Violation?

 Answer: Any public display of the footage owned by the group of BNVN stringers without a license is considered a copyright violation. If you upload our footage to another web site, use it in a public broadcast or non broadcast display without a license, you will be in violation of the copyright.

The only download and usage allowed is from our Producers Access / Members section of the high resolution time coded FLV files to use in your NLE system in a working project prior to completion. Once your project is completed, you must obtain a license from BNVN for the public display of the footage that you used in your project.


Question: What will happen if BNVN catches you or your company violating a copyright for our material?

 Answer: In most cases we will try to work out a license with the copyright violator prior to handing this off for legal action. We charge three times the normal world wide all media license fee for all material that is in violation, if the violator is willing to admit to the copyright violation and obtain a license for the footage.

We normally give the violators three to five business days to obtain a license once we find them in violation of our copyright(s). If the violator does not agree to obtain a license after being caught using the footage without a license, we hand everything off to our attorneys to pursue.


Question: Where can I find out more information about copyright laws?

 Answer: The United States Copyright Office has a detailed paged about United States Code (USC) Title 17. Here is the link to Chapter 5 of USC 17 that describes what could happen if you are found in violation of a copyright.

This is why you need a license to use our footage.

http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html


Question: What if I know of a copyright violation, can I get a reward for telling BNVN?

 Answer: YES!!! If you report a copyright violation to BNVN and we successfully recover damages and or obtain a footage violation license agreement, you can make up to Twenty Five Percent (25%) after expenses.

In a recent violation of BNVN copyrighted footage, we recovered $95.00 per second for a 30 second video. The violator decided to obtain a license for the copyright infringement and paid BNVN $2850.00 for the legal rights to use the footage they pulled of a TV show and used in their project.

This means that the finders fee would have been 25% X $2850 which is $712.50 if you would have been the first to report this violation to BNVN.


If you still have question about our site or about the footage rights, please contact us via the contact page.