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At Tribeca Film Festival 2019, Fair Use to the Rescue

At Tribeca Film Festival 2019, fair use played a big role in getting the documentary films made. Several filmmakers found fair use an essential tool in making their work. (CMSI co-facilitated, on...

Fave Documentaries at the Tribeca Film Festival 2019

The Tribeca Film Festival 2019 featured an abundance of extraordinary documentaries, and of course the extraordinary subjects and directors who made them. Stories for change For me, some of the most...

At Tribeca Film Fest 2019, Immersed in Immersive

The cutting edge of tech in storytelling is challenging for viewers as much as for makers; they don't call it "bleeding edge" for nothing. At the Tribeca Film Festival 2019, as usual, viewing...

Immersed in Immersive Media at SXSW 2019

SXSW 2019 featured plenty of immersive work to sample, whether interactive or VR or installation. Most of the exciting work is neither nonfiction nor storytelling. It’s experiential, and only...

The Walking Dead, Podcasts, Big Data: Tech and Film at SXSW 2019

The SXSW 2019 panels offered an unstable mix of flagrant self-promotion, corporate hype and industry insight. Buried in it all were nuggets of news. Synergy. Short-form video is circulating more...

Fair Use-Friendly SXSW 2019

The copyright doctrine of fair use, which allows creators to re-use copyrighted material without permission in some circumstances, was the secret ingredient that made many SXSW docs possible. Indeed,...

At SXSW 2019, Documentaries Making a Difference

SXSW, the annual mega-event in Austin, TX, has become not just a festival, not just a destination, but a spectacle in four dimensions. As cosplay characters, bizarrely groomed dogs, illuminated...

True Tales of Fair Use: Hit Documentary Films

During Fair Use/Fair Dealing week, we’re celebrating filmmakers. Ever since they developed a Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, filmmakers have been improving the...

Plungers, Remix, and Fair Use

When does a plunger become controversial art? Fair use, the right to limited re-use of copyrighted material without permission or payment, permits not only more efficient work flows but also...

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