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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...

Documentary Filmmaker Jed Riffe on Fair Use

Jed Riffe In 2000, documentary filmmaker Jed Riffe faced a conundrum. He was finishing up post-production on his film Who Owns The Past? and wanted to open the film with 30 seconds of footage from...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Analytic Writing About Art

Dear CMSI, I’m writing a book about the legacy of Keith Haring, examining his effect on modern activism and pop art. In order to demonstrate my point, I need to visually quote extensively not only...

A Real Solution to YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY? How a Documentary Series Is Mobilizing Millennials to #PutAPriceOnIt

Leaving “Poverty Porn” Behind: Changing the Development Narrative

A recent report shows how incorporating a new storytelling framework in videos can build public support for international development.

Community Voice Project Digital Stories Screening, October 26th

Last week on Wednesday, October 26th, the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University hosted the Community Voice Project’s Screening of Community and Student Digital Stories. This was...

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