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Pull Focus: Rebecca Richman Cohen

In its 2010 list of 25 New Faces in Independent Film, Filmmaker Magazine tagged Rebecca Richman Cohen as an “up-and-comer poised to shape...

Fair use in Journalism: “You be the Judge!”

Journalists depend upon fair use, often without knowing it. The Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism was created by journalists to..

Connecting Audiences with OVEE, an Online Screening Platform: An Assessment of The Homestretch PBS Documentary

Grading Guidelines for Fair Use Assignments

For a grade of A, the student refers to the Code, applies the transformative logic of category 3 appropriately (stressing transformative function, repurposing, recontexualizing, or the absence...

Fair Use Class Assignments for Museum Studies and Museum Education Classes

Create a mockup of a printed brochure or virtual tour for the website of a proposed museum exhibition of contemporary art, and justify using unlicensed imagery from the exhibition referencing...

Fair Use Class Assignments for Studio Art Classes

Have students make a work of art that incorporates copyrighted material (image or text) in a transformative way, and write a justification for not licensing that material, using the Code of Best...

Fair Use Assignments for Art, Architecture and Design History Classes

In writing assignments, ask students to include photo credit lines for all images included in their papers. In addition to the artist’s name, title, medium, and size, have students include the...

Teaching Tools for Fair Use: An Introduction

Learn how to navigate the teaching tools available here.

The State of the Documentary Field: 2016 Survey of Documentary Industry Members

Caty Borum Chattoo Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact Executive in Residence, American University School of Communication with The International Documentary Association...

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