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Fair Use Myths Debunked in Australia

Productivity Commission Deputy Chair Karen Chester.  At the Australian Digital Alliance Forum, the first keynote from the Productivity Commission’s Deputy Chair Karen Chester busted myths about...

Roger C. Memos: “Sweet Adversity” and Fair Use

Roger C. Memos. Roger C. Memos is no newcomer to the world of copyright. With 20 years of experience in the film and television industry under his belt, Memos has worked rights and clearances for a...

Fair Use Week: Documentary Statement Video Code

For a quick introduction to the basics of the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, take a look at our new Video Code of Best Practices! Make sure to read through the...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Online Databases for Students

Dear CMSI, I teach a course about the history of abstract expressionist art. Over the years, I’ve collected an online database chock-full of high-res jpegs of Kandinsky, Pollock, Tobey, Hofmann...

CMSI and CAA Launch New Teaching Tools for Fair Use in the Visual Arts

CMSI has partnered with the College Art Association to create a comprehensive set of teaching tools for fair use in the visual arts. These materials are geared toward helping teachers inform...

Fair Use in Australia? How Knowledge Can Overcome Moral Panic

In research just published in the International Journal of Communication, American University Ph.D. student and lecturer Dorian Davis and I found a big hole in the public discussion of Australia’s...

CMSI in 2017: New Projects, New Collaborators, Renewed Energy

It’s a fresh new year, and we’re ready for it. As we look back on the past few years and think about the future, we are both daunted and inspired by the challenges ahead. At such a moment, it...

Is China’s New Ivory Ban a Win for “The Ivory Game” Documentary?

On December 29, 2016, after years of pressure from advocacy groups and individuals around the world, China announced it would completely ban its ivory market by the end of 2017. Conservationists...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Using Film Clips in Documentary

  Dear CMSI, Can you help me out? I’m in post-production for my new documentary, but my producer and I are deadlocked in an argument about copyright. The documentary focuses on the treatment...

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