Sunday, February 22, 2009

"Wild West" article in Current -- now online

Read "Rights Laws Dysfunctional in Media Wild West" -- an exploration of the legal issues involved in licensing footage and music, excerpted from Archival Storytelling and featuring a discussion with Rick Prelinger, Anthony Falzone, Jan Krawitz and others. (The article was first published in Current on January 12, 2009.)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Photo on Flickr

Just found a photo of the book in progress, taken on his iPhone and uploaded October 25, 2007 by Steve Rhodes. This is the panel assembled to discuss ethical issues in archival use, hosted by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Documentary Program (see Chapter 10 of Archival Storytelling).  From left to right, Sheila Curran Bernard, Kenn Rabin, Rick Prelinger, Stanley Nelson, and Bill Nichols.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fair Use and Obama portrait

The February 9 issue of the New York Times includes a report on a lawsuit filed by artist Shepard Fairey, involving Fairey's use of an AP image as the basis for his iconic portrait of Barack Obama. Attorney Anthony Falzone, featured in Archival Storytelling, is on the team asking the court to protect Fairey against copyright claims. According to the Times, "The suit asks the judge to declare that Mr. Fairey’s work is protected under fair-use exceptions to copyright law, which allow limited use of copyrighted materials for purposes like criticism or comment."