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Media That Matters

Q&A and Case Study With Claudia Myers, Director of FORT BLISS

Director Claudia Myers on the set of Fort BlissClaudia Myers (Kettle of Fish) is a producer/writer/director and an associate professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the School of Communication at American University. Her latest feature film Fort Bliss (2014) chronicles the story of a female army medic who returns from her tour of duty and struggles to reconnect with her son. The film touches upon issues of managing work and family, PTSD and sexual assault. CMSI sat down with Professor Myers to discuss the film and its social impact since its release last year. Professor Myers also shared with CMSI a case study of the film's impact and reach thus far.

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Fair Use Question of the Month: Digitizing Archives of Copyrighted Work

LetterDear CMSI,

I am part of a team in the special collections unit of my university library working on the recently acquired personal archive of a regional artist. We’re hoping to make the correspondence between the artist and various collectors and institutions digitally available. The archive came with a donor’s agreement allowing digital display, but there are a lot of items in the archive that are actually copyrighted to others. So what we want to know is, can we employ fair use here? If so, how?

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Visual Arts Fair-Use Code Wins Powerful Endorsements

CAA code of best practices

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts has quickly won widespread support throughout the visual arts community. New endorsements bode well for hopes that the Code can help visual arts professionals change crippling professional practices.

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Academic Writers Get Fair-Use Friendly Contracts

Art Journals

The fair-use movement in academic publishing just got a huge boost. The College Art Association (CAA), which sponsored the creation of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, has changed authors’ agreements for its prestigious academic journals.

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