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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,...

Copyright, Free Speech, and the Public’s Right to Know: How Journalists Think about Fair Use

February 2012 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Report by: Pat Aufderheide, Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law,...

Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking

February 2009 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Report by: Larry Engel, Filmmaker and Professor, School of Communication, American University Andrew Buchanan, Producer Produced...

PowerPoints About Fair Use

CMSI and CAA have put together a presentation quickly outlining the basics of fair use and what the Code covers. Click here to download the PowerPoint.

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