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Doc U: Understanding Fair Use

International Documentary Association

Monday, January 30, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

Los Angeles, United States

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The International Documentary Association
Presents

Doc U

Doc U: Understanding Fair Use

What constitutes fair use of copyrighted material and how it affects you and your project


Monday, January 30, 2012 
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception to Follow


The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Michael Donaldson Russell Hickey Mitchell Block


The Fair Use Doctrine allows for copyrighted materials to be used without permission or payment—under certain circumstances. But what are these circumstances? How is fair use determined? What is the impact of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its recent exemptions on documentary filmmaking? And how does using copyrighted material under Fair Use impact documentary filmmakers?

Join our panel of experts, including Michael Donaldson, Partner, Donaldson & Callif, and author, speaker and acknowledged expert on Fair Use; Russell Hickey, Senior Claims Counsel, AXIS PRO Insurance, where he has drafted fair use endorsements, and navigated copyright infringement claims; and Mitchell Block, multi-award winning documentary producer and distributor, as they help us unravel these legal intricacies.

Adam Chapnick, IDA Board Vice President, and Principal at IndieGoGo (Moderator)
Adam Chapnick is a Principal at IndieGoGo, where he serves as CEO of Distribber.com, a new-model flat-fee distribution service that places independent films on digital sales platforms such as iTunes, Netflix and Amazon while allowing filmmakers to keep 100% of their revenue. Adam speaks regularly on cutting edge distribution strategies at markets and festivals including Sundance, South By Southwest, Digital Hollywood, AFM, WestDoc, Distribution U at USC, The Conversation, American Cinematheque and elsewhere. Adam proudly serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association.
 

Michael Donaldson, Partner, Donaldson + Callif
Michael C. Donaldson is an entertainment attorney who has been fighting for independent filmmakers for over thirty years. As President of the International Documentary Association, he negotiated with the cable networks to prevent the wholesale migration of credits from the screen to the internet by organizing and leading the Documentary Credit Coalition. He served on the Advisory Committee for the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Stanford Fair Use Project. He also serves as General Counsel to Film Independent (home of the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival) and the Writers Guild Foundation. He negotiated with Media Professional Insurance Company to offer fair use riders on the E&O insurance policies which allowed many films to be made under the fair use doctrine. He helped draft Orphan Works legislation, as well as, the Rome Resolution to harmonize Fair Use across the European Union. He also helped the IDA file, argue, and win an exemption to the DMCA; allowing Documentary Filmmakers access to public domain material for the purpose of their documentary pursuant to fair use. In addition, he also wrote Clearance & Copyright, used in 50 film schools and winner of three national book awards. He is also the co-author of The American Bar Associations’ Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking.

Michael is an avid skier, world hiker, and award-winning photographer. He won a gold medal at the 1998 Senior Olympics for Parallel Bars and a silver medal on the rings.
 

Russel Hickey, Senior Claims Counsel, AXIS Pro
Russell Hickey is a Senior Claims Specialist at AXIS Insurance in Kansas City, Missouri. Russell is a former journalist and the current chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Media Law Committee. In his 10 years with AXIS (formerly known as Media/Professional Insurance) Russell has handled numerous entertainment-related claims, including claims for copyright infringement, theft of ideas, and right of publicity. He is a published author, having written about the variations in state law on the right of publicity. He also drafted the original fair use endorsements, which helped lead the way for other insurance carriers to change the way documentaries are underwritten. His work, and that of his colleagues who were also instrumental in the implementation of the fair use endorsements, was honored by IDA at its 25th Annual Celebration of the Academy Award Documentary Nominees in 2007. As chair of the KCMBA’s Media Law Committee, Russell is in charge of planning the 25th Annual Media & The Law Conference, which will be held on May 4 in Kansas City. Russell is a native of Columbia, Missouri, which is also home to the True/False Film Festival. Russell has a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Missouri, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas.
 

Mitchell Block
Mitchell Block has handled the distribution and marketing of hundreds of documentary, live action, and animated shorts films and documentary features, 25 have won Oscars and 71 have received Academy Award nominations. He is president of Direct Cinema Limited and works in Santa Monica. Block produced the 2011 Academy Award nominated documentary film Poster Girl with director Sara Nesson. The film premiered at the prestigious Telluride and IDFA film festivals. He is an executive producer of Stealing America: Vote by Vote, a documentary feature which documents how millions of votes have not been counted. This new film opened in NY and Los Angeles in July and August 2008.

Block heads the Carrier Project and conceived, co-created, and is an executive-producer of the Emmy Award-winning 10-hour documentary series Carrier and a producer of the companion documentary feature Another Day in Paradise. Mel Gibson's Icon Productions financed the films. They aired on PBS in 2008.

He was a consultant on short and feature nonfiction projects for HBO/Cinemax from 1998 to 2006. He has served as a consultant on short films and documentaries worldwide. He has been teaching independent film producing at USC's School of Cinematic Arts on an adjunct basis since 1979. He was an executive-producer on HBO's 2001 Oscar-winning film Big Mama. No Lies, produced, written and directed by Block, was selected in 2008 by the Librarian of Congress for the National Register of Historical Films.

He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy, a founding member of BAFTA-LA, and a life member of the UFVA and the IDA.


The evening's on-stage conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A, and a reception on the Cinefamily's backyard Spanish patio!

Doc U is the International Documentary Association's series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.

For more information on IDA's Doc U: documentary.org/doc-u

 

 

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What:

Doc U: Understanding Fair Use


When:

Monday, January 30, 2012
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception to Follow


Where:

The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Parking:

Metered parking available for free after 6pm, and non-permitted parking
in neighborhoods behind The Cinefamily

 


Doc U is the International Documentary Association's series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.


Special support provided by:

Los Angeles County Arts Commission HFPA AXIS PRO IMAX
Thought Equity Motion HBO Archives Indie Printing

 

Members and Supporters of IDA
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The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, 90036

Monday, January 30, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)


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International Documentary Association

Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre. Our major program areas are: Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education, and Public Programs and Events.

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