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When Subjects Attack Filmmakers, Is Freedom of Expression at Risk?

When filmmakers take on tough subjects, do they need to take extra precautions? Crude, Bananas!, Venus and Serena, Central Park 5 all confronted legal challenges. Other important films, such as Gasland and Hot Coffee, have faced smear campaigns. Read more...

Internet Archive Launches New Public Media Initiative

Internet ArchiveThis electoral season, Philadelphians have a new public-media tool to analyze media in politics, thanks to an Internet Archive experiment. And if it works well, the project will expand.

In preparation for several competitive congressional races this Fall, Internet Archive is working to record all of the city’s political news stories and campaign ads. Nieman Journalism Lab reports that “a mere 24 hours after broadcast, it will be possible to rewatch TV content online. In addition, the Archive will crawl content from across the web — news blogs, campaign websites and more.” Read more...

“Hoop Dreams” and “Life Itself” Exec Producer Recalls How ‘Clearance Culture’ Drove Him to Become a Fair Use Evangelist

QuinnThis interview is cross-posted from the Disruptive Competition (DisCo) blog. DisCo is a project by the Computer & Communications Industry Association to promote disruptive innovation and competition to policymakers.

Life Itself,” Kartemquin Films’ highly-acclaimed documentary about the late movie critic Roger Ebert, debuts in theaters this July 4 weekend, and it’ll contain clips from Ingmar Bergman’s movie “The Silence,” Martin Scorsese’s “Who’s That Knocking At My Door,” and Russ Meyer’s “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.”Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Advancing Other Journalists' Work

Dear CMSI,

I work for an online agricultural newsletter and we’re doing ongoing analysis and coverage of the aftermath of a tragic natural disaster that recently hit the Midwest. Our expertise is really in agricultural science, and we depend on other sites to do the breaking-news stuff. What we want to do is put that breaking news into context and explain its implications for the farming operations in the region and the national services they link up to. Read more...

Groundbreaking Documentary Releases Mayan Language Version

Granito PhotoImagine empowering a new generation of human rights activists with a language that less than 40% of people speak in your country. “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” tells the story of that generation in a feature-length documentary film about the thirty year struggle to bring Guatemala's ex-dictator Rios Montt to justice for genocide against the Mayan population.  Read more...