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Fair Use Week: Plenty to Celebrate

To herald Fair Use Week, we’re recalling some of the ways in which creating codes of best practices has changed what people can make and say for the better:   ARTISTS: When the College Art...

How To Use Copyrighted Material in Your Work | Fair Use Week

Don't shy away from using copyrighted material while making art. The Code of Best Practices for the Visual Arts explains how under section three. The Code launched in February of 2015, a year later...

Sundance Awards Women

This year’s Sundance documentary awards showcased some of my favorite recent films, made by and about women. The top award winner was Sonita, a compelling cinéma vérité profile by Iraian...

Defending fair use: Good for YouTube’s business–and for us

Why is Google promising to defend some YouTubers who regularly remix copyrighted work, if they are charged with infringing? Because fair use is central to its business plan. Oh, and to the future of...

U.S. public media steps up at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

This article was originally posted on Current.org. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has become increasingly important for U.S.–based public media. Producers and filmmakers from...

The Community Voice Project is now a featured program within CMSI!

The Center for Media and Social Impact is proud to announce the Community Voice Project has now joined CMSI as a featured program. The Community Voice Project (CVP) is a community storytelling...

Interactive Documentary: Takeaways from IDFA’s DocLab

IDFA’s DocLab conference and exhibit, the most well-established international showcase for interactive documentary, featured plenty of buzz (bacon ice cream made by growing meat in a petri dish! a...

IDFA films: Why Cinéma Vérité Is Still So Powerful

At IDFA 2015, the largest documentary film festival in the world, a good clutch of films, marked by their strong allegiance to observational-style cinéma vérité, demonstrated the power of the...

IDFA Films: Compilation Retells History

Compilation film—film made entirely from other film—is one of film’s oldest genres. After all, Esfir Shub made The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty in 1927. And compilation film was on display at...

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