Avoiding Law Suits - New Rules for Documentary Filmmakers
August 10, 2010 in Announcements
[prMac.com] Agoura Hills, California - This week the Digital Production BuZZ, the world's only interactive talk radio show for digital production, post-production and distribution, airs a live interview with Eddie Schmidt, President of the Board of IDA (International Documentary Association) and an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker. Schmidt comes to the BuZZ to share his perspective on the recent copyright ruling favoring documentary filmmakers by the U.S. Copyright Office. The show airs Thursday, August 12th, 6:00pm (PDT) on the show website or can be downloaded later via iTunes or Zune Player.
"This ruling is a significant victory for filmmakers," said Cirina Catania, Documentary Filmmaker and Producer of the Digital Production BuZZ. "Immediate and reasonable access to content on DVD's that was previously held hostage, allows us to make better films in a timely fashion and without incurring exorbitant fees. It's a new frontier and will certainly boost creativity and profitability for all sectors of our business. We are very grateful to everyone on the team who made this possible."
At the end of July a team of USC Law students under the supervision of Jack Lerner, professor at USC and Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic, who appeared on last week's Digital Production BuZZ, helped secure an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. The exemption eases restrictions on copyright that allows documentary filmmakers Fair Use to material contained on copy-protected DVDs and other sources that were previously off limits. The immediate and direct consequence of this court ruling impacts everyone producing videos today.
"Fair Use is an incredibly murky area," said Larry Jordan, executive producer and host of the Digital Production Buzz. "It is now essentially legal to excerpt materials from copy-protected DVDs, but illegal to create software that does so. It is legal to use a five-second clip without paying royalties or copyright fees, but, probably, illegal to use an entire show."
"The Digital Production Buzz is actively concerned with issues that affect independent filmmakers," Jordan continued. "We are delighted to provide a continuing forum for everyone involved in our industry to learn more about these issues and discover solutions to common problems. We have been covering the media industry since 2005 with in-depth reports and interviews. These new rulings allow us to continue doing what we do best - explain a highly technical world in terms that make sense to all of us."
About the Digital Production BuZZ:
Digital Production BuZZ is one of the longest-running tech podcasts on the air bringing listeners all the news they need now and in their digital future. It remains a leader in programming related to digital video production, post-production and distribution, keeping its listeners in touch with the trends and technologies, people and practices essential to keep them up-to-date and entertained.
New episodes of the Digital Production BuZZ air live every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PDT. Participate in the discussion via the Live Chat during the show, or download the program later via iTunes, Zune, or at the show's website.
Executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ is Larry Jordan (internationally-renowned digital media expert, Apple-certified trainer, author, and member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America). Michael Horton co-hosts (film editor and founder of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group and organizer of the world-renowned SuperMeets) and Cirina Catania produces (writer/director, new media, the internet and reality programming for clients such as National Geographic, Discovery and MSN and member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.)
Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides high-quality, engaging training and information covering video production and post-production for practicing professionals and students through a variety of media worldwide. The company was founded by Larry Jordan, an internationally-renowned digital media analyst, consultant, Apple-Certified trainer, and Final Cut Studio expert with over 30 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He's a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Jordan is executive producer and host of three talk radio shows including the weekly industry-leading digital media podcast Creative Planet's Digital Production BuZZ; and Video Production Radio, a monthly audio podcast on WS Radio.