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Category 4: Employing archival material in historical or biographical sequences

Citizen King Download | Length: 1:17 In the American Experience documentary "Citizen King," Orlando Bagwell used a central portion of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, in which...

Category 3: Incorporating Incidental Sounds and Images in Documentary Footage

5 Girls Download | Length: 0:25 In 5 Girls, Maria Finitzo filmed a teen party where Lauryn Hill song played in the background. She employed fair use because the girls chose for themselves to use...

Category 2: Sampling popular culture to portray societal conditions

Money for Nothing Download | Length: 0:37 In Money for Nothing, Kembrew McLeod argued that popular music stars were being chosen for their ability to cross-promote their work. McLeod claimed...

Fair Use in Documentary Film Discussion Clips

VIDEOS For each video, consider the following questions: Why is this video fair use? What specific categories of fair use does the video employ? What arguments can you make for why this video is...

Recut, Reframe, Recycle

When college kids make mashups of Hollywood movies, are they violating the law? Not necessarily, according to the latest study (PDF) on copyright and creativity from the Center and American...

Fair Use in Visual Arts: You Be The Judge!

Artists, publishers, scholars and curators depend upon fair use in the Visual Arts more than they realize. The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts was created by professionals...

INFOGRAPHIC: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

This infographic is freely available as a full-size PDF, an embeddable JPG for blogs and website, and a print-ready 8.5” x 11” PDF to print and hand out at...

“Yes, You Can!” – Where You Don’t Even Need ‘Fair Use’

By Peter Jaszi, Washington College of Law, American University The answers to some of filmmakers’ most common clearance questions don’t really lie in the realm of “fair use” at all, but fall...

Fair Use in Online Video Discussion Clips

For each video, consider the following questions: Why is this video fair use? What specific categories of fair use does the video employ? What arguments can you make for why this video is fair...

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