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Think you don't need Fair Use? Guess again!

A recent article by Elizabeth Nolan in AFF’s Doublethink newsletter highlights the increasingly hazy distinction between what is and is not considered to be copyright infringement among user-generated content, and draws attention to the growing need for clearly-cut guidelines for the appropriate use of copyrighted materials.Read more...

Media Literacy Education and Fair Use: Aufderheide and Jaszi Awarded MacArthur Foundation Grant!

American University professors 3 and Peter Jaszi, experts on Fair Use of copyrighted material, have received a $600,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to tackle one of the thorniest issues in their professions: how can educators teach students how to analyze mass media without the threat of lawsuits and massive rights clearance costs every time an image, audio or video clip is used in class?Read more...

Success of the Statement of Best Practices!

Since the Statement's release in November of 2005, several exciting and important changes have happened in the doc filmmaking world: gatekeepers are paying attention! Four of the seven national errors and omissions insurers now issue Fair Use coverage if a lawyer says that the use is within the terms of the Statement. ITVS endorses it, WGBH gives the Statement out to their producers, and PBS has shared it with all general counsels and general managers in its network. Read more...

Two Fair Use Online Forums!

Over the last two weeks, the Center participated in two online forums on Fair Use. OneWorld co-hosted Ask the Experts! (http://us.oneworld.net/section/us/asktheexperts/fairuse) with us the week of May 11th; we received over 30 great questions from all kinds of media-makers about Fair Use and copyright issues. Over the next week, the Center is also participating in a D-Word forum on the same topic. D-Word is an online forum and community of documentary filmmakers which hosts panel discussions on issues surrounding their craft. Read more...