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SXSW 2016: Storytelling, Immersion, Engagement

The annual tech-meets-film-meets-music extravaganza that is SXSW was crowded with people trying to pick up tips and trends. How crowded was it? Well, the people willing to wait in line for you for...

Fair Use in Filmmaking at SXSW: Beyond Documentary

At SXSW, Hollywood entertainment lawyer Michael Donaldson showed how his firm is applying the copyright doctrine of fair use—the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment,...

SXSW for Good: Obama, Abortion, Harassment, Diversity

On launch of the 30th SXSW Interactive and Film Festival, using media and tech for the public good was front and center. Government needs tech.  Pres. Obama used his opening keynote for an...

Fair Use Week: Plenty to Celebrate

To herald Fair Use Week, we’re recalling some of the ways in which creating codes of best practices has changed what people can make and say for the better:   ARTISTS: When the College Art...

How To Use Copyrighted Material in Your Work | Fair Use Week

Don't shy away from using copyrighted material while making art. The Code of Best Practices for the Visual Arts explains how under section three. The Code launched in February of 2015, a year later...

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...

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