Is the Ariel School footage public domain? Can I use the footage in a documentary of my own?


Is the Ariel School footage public domain? Can I use the footage in a documentary of my own?

No. The Ariel School footage that John Mack and Johannesburg-based filmmaker Nicky Carter recorded during Mack’s 1994 visit to Africa may not be used without permission. Carter signed over to Mack her rights in a settlement agreement dated April 1997; Mack and his heirs have been the copyright holders ever since.

Since the signing of that agreement, Mack and his heirs have licensed a few minutes of the footage to select productions.

The upcoming documentary Ariel Phenomenon by Randall Nickerson is the only documentary that has been licensed every hour of the original Mack and Carter footage.

If you have seen a video on YouTube that appears to be using Ariel School footage without permission, please report it to info@johnemackinstitute.org

Thank you.

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