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Fair Use at the UFVA Conference

I just got back from the annual University Film and Video Association (UFVA) conference in New Orleans. Although the association and the conference are generally for university professors who are teaching film and video production classes, the Center for Social Media has long been active with the UFVA, as we develop resources that can help filmmakers and teachers of filmmaking. Read more...

Fair Use and Michael Jackson

Tipped off by copyright lawyer Michael Madison, I took a look at this brilliant little video posted on YouTube. It's a video time travel through the origins of the Michael Jackson moonwalk, reminding us of the collaborative nature of creativity and the way in which we all--yes, even Michael Jackson--stand on the shoulders of giants. Each clip has its own copyright story, but all are great examples of transformative purpose. Read more...

The Fair Use Bunker Scene

Last week, Electronic Frontier Foundation featured EFF Board Chairman Brad Templeton's remix of the popular meme "the bunker scene" from the 2004 film Downfall. This clip has been remixed in various formats, but now (thanks to Brad) we've got a version that not only employs Fair Use but explains Fair Use. Read EFF's article titled When Fair Use Is Fairly Difficult for more details on the process of creating this clip.

Watch the clip below.Read more...

Announcing the release of our new video, Remix Culture: Fair Use is Your Friend

Last summer the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video nearly crashed our servers with people downloading the document. Read more...

DMCA , Fair Use, Documentary Filmmakers and Remixers

On day two of the Copyright Office’s hearings about exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) , documentary filmmakers and remix artists and their supporters came to Washington, D.C. to show regulators the cost of criminalizing copying of popular culture. (Read about day one where the focus was on Fair Use and educators here.)Read more...