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Immersed in Immersive Media at SXSW 2019

SXSW 2019 featured plenty of immersive work to sample, whether interactive or VR or installation. Most of the exciting work is neither nonfiction nor storytelling. It’s experiential, and only...

The Walking Dead, Podcasts, Big Data: Tech and Film at SXSW 2019

The SXSW 2019 panels offered an unstable mix of flagrant self-promotion, corporate hype and industry insight. Buried in it all were nuggets of news. Synergy. Short-form video is circulating more...

Fair Use-Friendly SXSW 2019

The copyright doctrine of fair use, which allows creators to re-use copyrighted material without permission in some circumstances, was the secret ingredient that made many SXSW docs possible. Indeed,...

At SXSW 2019, Documentaries Making a Difference

SXSW, the annual mega-event in Austin, TX, has become not just a festival, not just a destination, but a spectacle in four dimensions. As cosplay characters, bizarrely groomed dogs, illuminated...

True Tales of Fair Use: Hit Documentary Films

During Fair Use/Fair Dealing week, we’re celebrating filmmakers. Ever since they developed a Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, filmmakers have been improving the...

Plungers, Remix, and Fair Use

When does a plunger become controversial art? Fair use, the right to limited re-use of copyrighted material without permission or payment, permits not only more efficient work flows but also...

Chess, Moustaches, and Fair Use

When does copying old art become new art? Fair use, the right to limited re-use of copyrighted material without permission or payment, permits not only more efficient work flows but also innovation....

Green Fog, Fair Use and Creativity

How did Guy Maddin make Green Fog? Fair use, the right to limited re-use of copyrighted material without permission or payment, permits not only more efficient work flows but also innovation. Artists...

Artistic Innovation, “The Clock,” and Copyright

How did Christian Marclay make “The Clock”? Fair use, the right to limited re-use of copyrighted material without permission or payment, permits not only more efficient work flows but also...

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