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So you had a dispute about the use of the footage did you get agreement in advance for the filming?
I see unfortunately that is not legally binding, as these are considered so called "gentleman's agreements". The issue you have is not so much ownership of the footage par se, where I agree with you that copyright would attach to you but use of the footage for example if you are found to have filmed individuals without consent especially children there is data protection and the permission from the families to film them. As you only have a handshake agreement it seems to me you do not have permission from these families to film them. I trust this assists you in understanding your position however, should you have any supplementary inquiries, do not hesitate to ask and I will look to clarify or expand on my previous response.
Ah I see, yes you do not have to give them the footage. I trust this assists
Yes precisely, I agree with your view. I trust this assists
Thank you for your time on the phone as discussed you do not not need to hand over the footage as the copyright belongs to you. In terms of them going forward as mentioned I do believe you would get the claim struck out if they brought a claim. I trust this assists