Copyright and IMDb

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I'm a film student who recently completed a narrative film project for class and the actors in the piece would like to add the project to their IMDb pages (both by listing the title and also posting the entire movie itself). Because the project was for school I used music that is copyright-protected and also a scene/audio from a popular television show. With that fact in mind is alright for them to post the movie on IMDb (perhaps even just a 30-sec segment from it?) without clearance from the copyright holders?
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Katherine Shafer

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Dan Dassow, Champion

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It seems unlikely that the IMDb would knowingly grant you permission to upload copyrighted material without clearance from the copyrights holders. According to IMDb Conditions of Use:
Copyright Complaints

IMDb respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please follow our Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.
As a film student, you would be justifiably upset if someone used your work without permission and/or credit. Understanding the process of gaining clearance for copyrighted material is an essential part of your education as a film maker. I suggest you talk with your instructor or faculty adviser about how to request this clearance.
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"Good answer", only because I couldn't find the "great answer" button!

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