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RealScreen and Cold Realities

RealScreen Summit, February 1-3, the annual coming together of documentary cable programmers and hopeful producers, is also an annual cold shower in the realities of making television today. At a panel on product placement in reality programming, one speaker said with not a trace of irony (and remarkable clarity), "Our audiences come to us to escape from reality. Read more...

Crying Shame at UCLA: Fair Use, Videos and Higher Ed

The University of California at Los Angeles has decided to forbid teachers from posting videos (or, apparently, pieces of them) to their electronic teaching platforms, after an educational media association complained about the practice. It is just a crying shame that UCLA has capitulated to the association's demands, without considering the effect either on pedagogical practice in its own institution or on the wider world of higher education. (Read about it at Inside Higher Ed here.)Read more...

True Tales of Fair Use: Katy Chevigny

Going into the fifth year after the publishing of Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, filmmakers are beginning to be each other's teachers. On a recent trip to New York, I had the pleasure of dining with Katy Chevigny, executive director of Arts Engine. Along with making splendid films, Arts Engine runs the Media That Matters film festival.Read more...

Fair Use at the Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival isn't just a showcase for movies, but also a place to meet people and exchange information. At the Filmmakers' Lodge, the festival annually provides space to nonprofits supporting independents at their Outreach Table. Here's Center fellow Mike Shubbuck's report from the (cold) front at the 2010 fest: "On Jan. Read more...

Vote for Pat as a GameChanger at WeMedia! (Feb. 3 deadline!)

The Center's Pat Aufderheide was nominated as a GameChanger by members of the WeMedia community. If enough people vote for her, Pat could be chosen to give a keynote at the WeMedia annual conference, where cutting-edge strategies in collaborative and participatory media are featured. It was Pat's work on fair use that attracted attention in the WeMedia community. Fair use, which creates a "floating" public domain composed of copyrighted work, is a critical tool for a vibrant participatory culture. Read more...