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Fair Use Successes in the Visual Arts at #CAA2016

At the College Art Association’s annual meeting, where each of the thousands of participants received a copy of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, panelists from various backgrounds recounted remarkable steps forward in applying fair use to the visual arts. Each shared their experience with the code that ultimately led to success. Read more...

Sundance Awards Women

This year’s Sundance documentary awards showcased some of my favorite recent films, made by and about women.


Defending fair use: Good for YouTube’s business--and for us

YouTube Netflix logosWhy is Google promising to defend some YouTubers who regularly remix copyrighted work, if they are charged with infringing? Because fair use is central to its business plan. Oh, and to the future of creativity. That too.Read more...

U.S. public media steps up at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

This article was originally posted on Current.org.

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has become increasingly important for U.S.–based public media. Producers and filmmakers from PBS’s creative documentary strands come to make deals and make friends, showcase new work and get inspired by the state of the art.

Director Stanley Nelson takes questions at IDFA after screening his Independent Lens film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. (Photo: Nichon Glerum)

This year’s IDFA, Nov. 18–29, was a meeting ground for 3,271 documentary professionals from 93 countries, including producers from Independent Lens, Frontline, POV and American Masters, and executives representing PBS, New York’s WNET and the World Channel based at Boston’s WGBH.Read more...

The Community Voice Project is now a featured program within CMSI!

The Center for Media and Social Impact is proud to announce the Community Voice Project has now joined CMSI as a featured program. 

The Community Voice Project (CVP) is a community storytelling initiative led by American University Filmmaker-in-Residence Nina Shapiro-Perl that connects members of American University’s student population with communities in the Washington Metropolitan area to produce short documentary films and digital stories. The CVP partners with a local community organization to focus on a topic and tell the stories most important to that community.Read more...