Copyright and Fair Use, Part Two: Historical View and Contemporary Application in Nonfiction Film — Diane Carson

That the U.S. Constitution authorizes copyright AND fair use surprises many, but it follows. In order to encourage new works of any type, creators must be allowed to quote and comment an existing work in order to discuss, analyze, debate, or praise. The concept of “transformative” use has emerged as a guiding principle in ruling on the use of copyrighted assets in documentaries.

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Copyright & Fair Use, Part One: A Critic’s Concerns — Commentary by Diane Carson

The theft of intellectual property is one of the most serious crimes of our time. Balancing this (and equally important) is the creation of new works contributing to a vigorous marketplace of ideas involving the analysis and repurposing of existing works. As film critics, to advance analysis, we want to be quoted, accurately and with acknowledgement just as we may cite someone’s review for praise, discussion or debate.

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From Comic-Con: #FemaleFilmmakerFunko for #FemaleFilmmakerFriday — Leslie Combemale comments

As an avid supporter of women in film, producing the annual Women Rocking Hollywoodpanel at Comic-Con is the highlight of my professional year, especially because I’ve found Comic-Con to be receptive and progressive about recognizing women in film. Comic-Con has pushed me to become a better critic and a bigger fan. Over the years, I’ve become an obsessive collector of Funko Pops, those wonderful figures that memorialize the movie icons I love. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK April 13, 2018: THE RIDER

motw logo 1-35Sweeping vistas and earnest performances are at the heart of Chloe Zhao’s moving drama The Rider, which follows the struggles of a modern cowboy after his promising rodeo career is cut short by a grave injury. Filmed almost entirely on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, The Rider features Pine Ridge residents — members of the Lakota tribe — playing thinly fictionalized versions of themselves.Continue reading…

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