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Online Distribution Podcast

Listen to Brian Newman, Executive Director of Renew Media, on the Workbook Project, an online forum devoted to the issues facing the ever-changing media landscape. In this half hour podcast, Newman and director Lance Weiler discuss net neutrality, copyright, fair use and other key things to consider when deciding to put your work online.


Renew Media announced in a press release that we’ve joined the ACLU, the Free Expression Policy Project and a coalition of 20 organizations in filing a legal brief stating that new standards adopted by the Federal Communications Commission to censor “indecency” on the airwaves are overly vague and unconstitutional. The groups urged the Second Circuit [...]

Documentary and independent filmmakers require further protections in their use of orphan works (pdf) than were recommended by the U.S. Copyright Office, according to a statement filed today with the House Judiciary Committee by eight groups representing documentary and other independent filmmakers, and the public-interest group Public Knowledge.

Fair Use Network is Launched!

The Free Expression Policy Project has just launched a new website with information and free resources to help artists, scholars, activists, and everyone else who contributes to culture and political debate defend their rights to fair use under copyright and trademark law. How much can you borrow, quote or copy from someone else’s work? What [...]

Orphan Works Debate in Congress:

Currently, Congress is attempting to address an important issue for artists today. Specifically, Congress is trying to find a solution to the problem of “orphan works:” how a copyrighted work may be used when its owner cannot be found. The U.S. Copyright Office and members of the House and Senate are trying to [...]

This new handbook makes clear what working documentary filmmakers regard as some fair uses of copyrighted material in filmmaking. Fair Use is the right, in some circumstances, to quote copyrighted material without asking permission or paying for it. It is a crucial feature of copyright law and it is what keeps copyright from being censorship. [...]

Fair Use Survey

Will Fair Use Survive? Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control Are increasingly heavy assertions of control by copyright and trademark owners smothering fair use and free expression? The product of more than a year of research by the Brennan Center for Justice’s Free Expression Policy Project, Will Fair Use Survive? paints [...]