Friday, June 13, 2008

A fresh look at "Happy Birthday"

Prof. Robert Brauneis at George Washington University Law School has published a lengthy argument that the song "Happy Birthday to You," frequently cited as an example of copyright excess, is not subject to copyright protection. See Robert Brauneis, "Copyright and the World's Most Popular Song" (March 14, 2008), at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1111624.

Is your use of third-party materials a "fair use"?

The Documentary Film Program at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society "provides filmmakers with information about fair use, access to insurance for liability arising out of copyright litigation, and access to lawyers who will defend copyright claims pro bono or at reduced rates." You can submit your film for their evaluation of your fair use claim; visit the site for details. Beforehand, be sure to closely read the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use.

Resources page on the website

Please check out the resources page on the Archival Storytelling website!

It features an alphabetized listing of archives, associations, distributors, and trade organizations that are referred to in Archival Storytelling -- with lots of additional information and web links and more!