Copyright concerns fundamentally affect the creative choices media makers believe they can make. As part of its mission to provide educational support to creatives in media that matters, CMSI develops tools to better understand how to employ fair use, the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. Filmmakers, journalists, teachers, visual arts professionals, librarians, archivists and more all have collaborated with CMSI to clarify how fair use works with their most common practices.
Fair Use for Doc Filmmakers
Documentary filmmakers have expanded their ability to employ fair use with a code of best practices. Find the code, curriculum materials, videos and more on documentary film and fair use here.
Fair use is a key tool for the visual arts community, but is rarely exercised due to confusion, doubt, and misinformation. This report describes the visual arts community's consensus on common fair use situations.