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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...

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.

Documentarians, Fair Use, and Best Practices

Report by: Pat Aufderheide, Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, School of Communication, American University Aram Sinnreich, Assistant professor, School of Communication and...

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....

Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use in the Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report

Issues Report Infographic Latest News in Fair Use

Fair Use Frequently Asked Questions

This section answers initial and general questions on fair use.

Success of the Statement of Best Practices

What has happened since the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use was released on November 18, 2005? release of films that could never have been seen publicly, or possibly...

INFOGRAPHIC: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

A great visual summary of the code.

Success of Fair Use Consensus Documents

Does the approach of creating a consensus documents, anchored in professional practice, actually work to expand the utility of fair use? What has happened to others who used consensus documents to...

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