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Visual Arts Community to Publish Best Practices in Fair Use

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual ArtsAfter two years of research and deliberations, members of the visual arts community—artists, art scholars, museum professionals, and editors—have created a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, to be released on February 9, just in time for the College Art Association annual conference.

An artist wonders if it’s legal to pull a twitter feed into a work of digital art. An art historian wants to write about the color movement, but can’t spend years working with estates to get permission for illustrations. A museum curator would love to create a digital site to showcase a pathbreaking exhibition…but what about copyright? Read more...

Taking Action and Building Social Ties: Benjamin Stokes on Media That Matters

stokesThe 2015 Media That Matters conference is right around the corner, so we decided to let our #MTMDC panelists to introduce themselves and explain in their own words how they engage with media that matters.

‘Games for Change’ co-founder Benjamin Stokes will participate at the Impact Design: From Production to Measurement  discussion.Read more...

Storytelling and Emotional Connection: Laura Lo Forti on Media That Matters

lofortiThe 2015 Media That Matters conference is right around the corner, so we decided to let our #MTMDC panelists to introduce themselves and explain in their own words how they engage with media that matters.

A Fourth Act’ co-founder and multimedia producer Laura Lo Forti will present the Harvis app on the Media Impact Tools Showcase.    Read more...

Fair Use Success Stories: Going Clear

Alex GibneyAlex Gibney’s Sundance hit Going Clear takes on Scientology, revealing surveillance, abuse, and using confessionally-obtained information to threaten members who might be considering leaving the fold. It translates Lawrence Wright’s book, Going Clear into televisual form, is slated for HBO, and...it couldn’t have been made without fair use.

Gibney said, elaborating on an interview with John Horn, that fair use was the key to overcoming Scientology’s pull on the major networks, whose news and public affairs footage, as well as film clips, were essential to telling the story visually. Read more...

Sundance 2015: Documentary or Journalism?

3 1/2 MinutesThe blurry lines between documentary filmmaking and journalism were a hot topic at this year's Sundance Film Festival. To find documentary films involving high stakes investigative work look no further than this year's Oscar nominees, Citizenfour or Virunga.

Filmmakers Laura Poitras (Citizenfour), Marc Silver (3 1/2 Minutes),  and Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief) debated the issue live at a Sundance panel discussion "Bringing Truths to Light," moderated by distinguished producer Bonnie Cohen (Catapult Film Fund). Read more...