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Sparking Social Impact at Full Frame Documentary Festival

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival earned its reputation as the “filmmakers’ festival” in part by becoming a showcase for powerfully intimate stories, most often about people....

Fair Use Question of the Month: Facebook Pictures in News Reports

Dear CMSI, Image by Phil Rankin/FlickrI’m a reporter for a local TV news program. Recently a high school student in my town went missing and we couldn’t decide if it would be OK to use some of...

SXSW: Fair Use Everywhere

While it was easy to find lawyers drumming up business by trash-talking fair use at SXSW, it was hard to find a documentary that hadn’t employed it, sometimes lavishly. Furthermore, you could even...

SXSW Verite: Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

At SXSW 2014, Tilda Swinton told a packed crowd that film was an"amazingly humane opportunity to put yourselves in the shoes of someone else." Verite documentaries exemplified the best in that...

SXSW: Engagement and Action

At SXSW, social-issue storytellers—filmmakers, journalists, game designers, and more--could benefit from a range of messages, not all designed for the social-issue space. Consider: You’re...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Crowdsourcing Journalism

Dear CMSI, I’m doing a story on the use of highly technical language in Terms and Conditions clauses, and yesterday I found a really brilliant example on an application form I had to fill out....

Empowering the Human Voice: Kunal Gupta on Media That Matters

As we count down the days until Media That Matters 2014, check the CMSI blog to learn more about our #MTMDC panelists and why they engage with media that matters.  Kunal Gupta of Baycastles and The...

Why Fair Use Is More Dependable Than You Think

Peter Jaszi Last week, Peter Jaszi--the nation's leading expert on the copyright doctrine of fair use--was asked to testify before Congress on fair use and whether it needed reform. His short...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Hip Hop Tribute

Dear CMSI, Can you settle an argument? I work at a local blogging site, and a local hip hop artist just died. We covered the story using a short clips (less than 30 seconds!) of his best-known song,...

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