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Power to the People: Five Reasons Fair Use Best Practices Are Changing the World

By Center Director Patricia Aufderheide; Brandon Butler, Practitioner-in-Residence at the Glushko Samuelson IP Clinic, American University Washington College of Law; and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, American University Washington College of Law

Copyright Week Copyright Week is the perfect occasion to celebrate fair use, certainly the most dynamic and arguably the most important doctrine in copyright law. The last 15 or 20 years have seen a remarkable series of developments that make fair use, now more than ever, the most vital protection of the public interest in the Copyright Act. For Copyright Week, we wanted to highlight a part of the fair use landscape that, perhaps more than any other, puts fair use in the hands of practitioners who need it most: the Fair Use Best Practices movement.  Read more...

Create for Pivot with Fair Use

I RECWhen Participant Productions launched Pivot (http://www.pivot.tv/), its partly-crowdsourced TV channel, it turned to the Center for Media and Social Impact to create its guide to good copyright behavior. CMSi, with the help of the Washington College of Law's Prof. Peter Jaszi, developed a pledge--which anyone can take (and share with students, friends and family, hint hint). Read more...

Jonathan Harris on Interactive Art at IDFA

We Feel Fine

Jonathan Harris, an artist who abandoned painting for digital art (most famously, the website mapping emotions "We Feel Fine"), keynoted the Interactive Reality Conference at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

He shared a set of insights on what makes a good interface and project.  Read more...

Interactive Documentary Conference at IDFA

IDFAIn its second year, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam's (IDFA) Interactive Reality Conference was packed with filmmakers, programmers and funders looking to grasp the emergent interactive documentary phenomenon. The speaker list was star-studded, culminating in keynoter Jonathan Harris. Not even the failure of wi-fi for the majority of participants could dampen the enthusiasm. Read more...

What Filmmakers Can Learn from Journalists (and Vice Versa)

ONA13At the always-electrifying Online News Association conference, filmmakers could learn plenty from journalists—including the fact that journalists think they need filmmakers.

Video was all over the conference, as one of the essential storytelling tools for the digital journalist. Whether in the rush to create little explainers, or discussion of maker tools such as those provided by Zeega and Treehouse (Interlude), or the chatter over the New York Times’ recent interactive video Op Doc, Kat Cizek’s “The History of High Rises,” video storytelling was clearly one of the darlings of cutting-edge journalists.  Todd Melby’s Localore project, Black Gold Boom, was an ONA award winner. Read more...