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Not-So-Profitable Doc and Public Broadcasting

Arts Engine executive director Katy Chevigny, a leader in the field of documentary production (and whose timely and watchable film Election Day is part of the stunning summer season on public television series P.O.V., has written a thought-provoking blog entry. She notes that some documentaries are hugely popular (An Inconvenient Truth) and others are highly targeted (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price). Read more...

Good News on Fair Use and Frame Grabs

For the last 15 years, film scholars have been asserting their Fair Use rights to reproduce stills and frame grabs of films and videos they discuss in their work. They’ve been helped by a clear statement of their rights created by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Read more...

Mapping the primaries, public media style

This is the latest in a series of media maps I'm examining between now and our June 17 Beyond Broadcast conference.

With the last of the intra-Democratic debates now over, all eyes are on the April 22 primary in Pennsylvania. Public broadcasting outlets have banded together to share news and information about the primaries through this nifty interactive map:Read more...

Political videos utilizing Fair Use

The usage of viral videos as a form of public media has grown rapidly in recent years, and political videos are no exception. During this evolution, political videos have begun quoting each other, very often utilizing Fair Use principles in order to provide commentary about other political commentators. Read more...