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Making Dangerous Docs: What We Know So Far

Zoom audio recorderThe Center for Media & Social Impact has begun a research project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on the problems filmmakers face when they tackle deep-pocketed, powerful subjects – whether governmental or corporate, national or international. We are interviewing filmmakers, lawyers, insurers, broadcasters, and investigative journalists to find out how filmmakers can protect themselves when making these "dangerous docs." Read more...

Rebecca MacKinnon to Speak at American University

Consent of the NetworkedOn Monday, October 6, author and activist Rebecca MacKinnon is coming to American University to lead a conversation on Internet governance, privacy, free speech, and journalism in the digital age. 

MacKinnon is the director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation. After establishing her journalism career at CNN, she co-founded the citizen media network Global Voices with Ethan Zuckerman in 2005. More recently, she released her book "Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom."  Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Showcasing Media Literacy Assignments Outside the Classroom

Dear CMSI,

I teach media literacy in my 8th grade English class, and one of my assignments is to find examples of different media saying the same thing or carrying the same message. The students produce a multi-media work, and some of them are quite impressive. We’d like to showcase them at the school fair and on the school website, but the principal says that we’d be infringing copyright, since it’s outside the classroom. Read more...

"Fort Bliss" Premieres

Fort Bliss PosterFort Bliss,” a powerful feature film on the lives of military families, opened in Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles and El Paso over the weekend. Written and directed by Claudia Myers, the film proves that narrative can have a strong social impact message. Read more...

Fair Use in Search: TVEyes

TVeyesIs it legal to record all of TV and then let viewers search for topics and view relevant segments?

Yes it is, under fair use. And it goes against everything Fox News argued in a lawsuit it filed against TVEyes, a video clipping service. Read more...