Hoboken, NJ — The Samuel C. Williams Library of Stevens Institute of Technology and the IEEE History Center will be screening the documentary Other People’s Footage: Copyright and Fair Use on February 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. in the Fielding Room of the Wesley J. Howe Center, followed by a Q&A with the documentary’s director, Robert Johnson Jr., and intellectual property lawyer Neil Burstein. This documentary and Q&A will do much to explain the issue of fair use and how it applies to filmmaking and general creative pursuits.
Other People’s Footage (Diane Carson, Robert Johnson Jr., 2015, US, 75 min.) explores the issue of fair use as a means of legally using a work under copyright protection through interviews with filmmakers, including Haskell Wexler and Tia Lessin, and examples from a range of films that have used the work of others. The documentary delves into the legal precedents that have established the current system of determining if a use can be considered fair, and posits three key questions that can assist users in knowing if what they want to do can be considered safe under the fair use exemption.
Timed to coincide (albeit a week early) with Fair Use Week (February 20-24, 2017, fairuseweek.org/), Other People’s Footage at Stevens Institute of Technology will provide much to think about for those involved in making films and those who like to watch them.
For more on Other People’s Footage, visit www.otherpeoplesfootage.com/.
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