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Sundance Awards Women

This year’s Sundance documentary awards showcased some of my favorite recent films, made by and about women. The top award winner was Sonita, a compelling cinéma vérité profile by Iraian...

Defending fair use: Good for YouTube’s business–and for us

Why is Google promising to defend some YouTubers who regularly remix copyrighted work, if they are charged with infringing? Because fair use is central to its business plan. Oh, and to the future of...

Dangerous Docs Report Goes International

At the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), journalists and documentarians from around the globe shared stories of risk and reward in telling truth to power. (more…)

Museums Put Fair Use to Work

At the Houston Cinema Arts Film Festival, fair use was celebrated as a powerful tool for the arts. Indeed, museum practice is already changing, as a result of the creation of the Code of Best...

“The enrichment of public knowledge:” What Fair Use is All About, per Judge Leval

When Judge Pierre Leval gave the 4th Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property at the Washington College of Law, he made it clear: fair use is grounded in copyright’s core value...

“This is the Remix:” Perspectives on Configurable Culture

In the November 3 session of American University's School of Communication Faculty Forum Dr. Aram Sinnreich discussed the idea of Configurable Culture in his presentation “Ethics Evolved: An...

Journalism Goes Video in Magazines, Newspapers and TV Series

What kinds of opportunities are opening up for filmmakers and journalists in short-form video on news sites? The field is expanding rapidly, though most folks are still in experimental mode. At a...

What a Difference Fair Use Knowledge Makes: Academic Publishing

An art historian wins a fair use victory, with the help of the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use and a publisher that appreciates it.  (more…)

Fair Use Question of the Month: Digitizing Archives of Copyrighted Work

Dear CMSI, Image by Gail Frederick/Flickr I am part of a team in the special collections unit of my university library working on the recently acquired personal archive of a regional artist....

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