Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Happy Birthday" copyright claims invalid

Good news for filmmakers! Reporter Christine Mai-Duc of the Los Angeles Times reports that a federal judge has ruled that "None of the companies that have collected royalties on the "Happy Birthday" song for the past 80 years held a valid copyright claim..." See full story, here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nice write-up (undated) from Videomaker

"One of the most challenging issues facing documentary makers today is the use of images and music that belong to someone else. The world is filled with rights-protected images and sounds. As a documentary maker, you need to know your rights. Archival Storytelling will clarify the terms copyright, fair use, public domain, and orphan works. By understanding these terms, you will be able to make intelligent choices regarding the use of images and sounds that are not of your own creation."  
risks.http://www.videomaker.com/l/archival-storytelling

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kenn Rabin discusses his work as archive producer on Ava DuVernay's SELMA

Check out the February 2015 issue of The American Historian, a publication of the Organization of American Historians! Kenn Rabin discusses his work on the Academy Award-nominated film, Selma, available here:  http://tah.oah.org/issue-3/conversation-with-kenn-rabin/.