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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...

Diversity in Independent TV Documentaries: Is Public TV Different?

Diversity in Independent TV Documentaries: Is Public TV Different?   Table Of Contents Results Background Methods Conclusion Authors Results Minorities Independent Lens and POV, which have...

Dangerous Documentaries: Resources for Filmmakers

Many of the issues most important for our society to recognize and discuss are also those that powerful people or institutions don’t want...

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...

INFOGRAPHIC: Can I Employ Fair Use In My Documentary?

Data comes from a 2014 survey of 489 documentary filmmakers by Patricia Aufderheide and Aram Sinnreich. Read more about the study here.

Examples of Successful Fair Use in Documentary Film

Filmmakers have been successfully employing fair use, even before the Statement of Best Practices clarified their common understandings. Here are some examples of uncontested choices for fair use....

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