Commons Myths about Fair Use & Copyright

December 12, 2013 - Copyright and Fair Use Issues in the Visual Motion Arts

The song you sampled for an intro sequence that you don't have the license for-

The uncredited movie clips you inserted into a montage-

The image you pulled from social media-

You can use those in your production, because they're all covered by Fair Use ... right?

Think again: the lawmakers who created the Fair Use exception in copyright law left its definition deliberately vague, and millions have been spent in legal fees to determine just what is or isn't fair use of copyrighted material. Frankly, you'd have to be a lawyer to figure out whether the media you're using will land you, your employees, or your company in hot water.

On December 12, 2013, Ahrens spoke with Bay Area's editors, producers, and production companies about Fair Use in the motion picture arts. As the Director of Copyright and Fair Use at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, Ahrens is uniquely qualified to educate you about the best practices for relying on fair use and to dispel myths about what copyright law does and does not allow. She talked about how you can reduce legal risks when using copyrighted material in your production.

Beyond Pix Studios hosted this event in San Francisco.

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