Documentary Film Program Advisory Board

The Documentary Film Program is the product of a collaboration among the Fair Use Project, Media/Professional and leading intellectual property lawyer Michael Donaldson. We are fortunate to be guided by an Advisory Board of accomplished filmmakers, academics, and intellectual property lawyers.

Kirby Dick


Michael Donaldson

Michael C. Donaldson has been an entertainment lawyer for more than thirty years. His practice focuses on theater and independent film. He is a past President of the International Documentary Association (IDA) and is General Counsel to Film Independent and Writers Guild of America/West Foundation. He wrote Negotiating for Dummies, which has sold nearly 200,000 copies in English and has been translated into nine languages and is in its second printing. He also wrote Do It Yourself! Trademarks & Copyrights, 1995 which is in its third printing and Clearance & Copyright: Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know, published by Silman-James in 1997 which is used as a textbook in over 50 film schools at colleges and universities across America. He has finished his fourth book Fearless Negotiating: The Wish, Want, Walk Method To Reaching Agreements That Work which will be published by McGraw-Hill in spring of 2007. Mr. Donaldson served as Executive Producer for Steve Vittoria’s documentary film “One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern.” Also, he performed the clearance work for several films at the Sundance Film Festival including Haskell Wexler’s “Who Needs Sleep,” Kirby Dick’s film, “This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” and Chris Paine’s “EV Confidential: Who Killed The Electric Car,” and Daniel Karslake’s “For The Bible Tells Me So.”


Arthur Dong


Anthony Falzone

Anthony Falzone is the executive director of Stanford Law School's Fair Use Project. He is an intellectual property litigator with more than eight years of experience and has represented technology and media clients in a wide array of intellectual property disputes including copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, and patent matters. Prior to joining Stanford Law School, he was a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Peter Jaszi


Davis Guggenheim


Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is the founder and director of the Center for Internet and Society and the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. Professor Lessig represented website operator Eric Eldred in the U.S. Supreme Court case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. He was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries for arguing "against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online."

Peter Jaszi


Haskell Wexler