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American Realities on Public Television: Analysis of Independent Television Service’s Independent Documentaries, 2007-2016

What are the kinds of filmmakers, places, people, and topics addressed in the documentaries produced by ITVS?

The Law of Fair Use and the Illusion of Fair-Use Guidelines

Several “official” and formal guidelines that attempt to define the scope of fair use for specific applications—notably for education, research, and library services—have emerged in the years...

Copyright, Fair Use and Motion Pictures

The increasing reliance of motion picture production on the appropriation of reality has given rise to tensions that have been expressed in terms of conflicts over copyright. These tensions have...

Journey to the Academy Awards: A Decade of Race & Gender in Oscar-Shortlisted Documentaries (2008-2017)

In the Best Documentary Feature category of the Academy Awards, 2017 is a year of firsts.

How Documentary Filmmakers Overcame their Fear of Quoting and Learned to Employ Fair Use

by Pat Aufderheide How Documentary Filmmakers Overcame their Fear of Quoting and Learned to Employ Fair Use: A Tale of Scholarship in Action appeared in the International Journal of Communication,...

How to Find Out What is in the Public Domain

If you're interested in understanding more about the rules that determines when copyrighted material falls into the public domain, check out this chart from Professor Peter Hirtle.

Fair Use: An Essential Feature of Copyright

Testimony by Peter Jaszi explaining the legal significance of the doctrine of fair use for creators, consumers and commerce. Given at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and...

Expanding User Rights For Documentary Filmmakers

by Nick Lewis Funded By: Rockefeller Foundation and Grantmakers In Film And Electronic Media On Sep. 16, 2005, academics, representatives of legal clinics, documentary filmmakers, litigators, and...

Repurposing and Rights: A Non-Profit Summit

A Report by Patricia Aufderheide On May 22, 2006 at American University the Center hosted a convening, "Repurposing and Rights: A Non-Profit Summit," composed of public broadcasters, librarians,...

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