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Fair Use Question of the Month: Can I Show Protesters Singing Copyrighted Music?

Glenn HalogDear CMSI,

I am a radio reporter for my local news station. Yesterday I covered a rally where I was interviewing protesters, and behind them some people were chanting “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” My editor made me cut those interviews; she said that you could hear the song in the background, and it’s a John Lennon song and we didn’t have the rights to it. And it was great tape!  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...

From Story to Storyworld: A Conversation with Futurestates’ Karim Ahmad

Futurestates.tv

“I’ve figured it out. I can open the door, but they have to walk through it.”

Thus starts the innovative, interactive experience that is Futurestates.tv, the online platform for the final season of ITVS’s "Futurestates." The cryptic message invites the audience to explore a selection of short films and related videos that offer a glimpse of what technology could become in the future – and what such advancements might mean for us as a society. Read more...

“Stand Up Planet” Premiering Wednesday 5/14

Stand Up PlanetStand Up Planet,” the two-part documentary that utilizes the power of comedy for change, hits television screens across the US this Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT on Pivot and LinkTV. The documentary will also broadcast at 9 pm PT on Los Angeles’s KCET and later this month on India’s NDTV Prime. Read more...

AIR Challenges Public Media to “Go Outside”

What's Outside?A recent report published by the Association for Independents in Radio (AIR) found that the public media system “is ready, willing, and able to take bold moves” to utilize new media technologies, reach across platforms, and touch more audiences.

The report, titled “What’s Outside?” in keeping with AIR’s focus on thinking outside the box, is an evaluative summary of key takeaways from AIR’s Localore initiative. It is also a call to action for public media. Read more...