Master Class/Documentary: Fair Use & Copyright
The centerpiece of this master class on fair use and copyright is a screening of “Other People’s Footage,” which explores the three questions crucial to determining fair-use exemptions. The film presents helpful illustrative examples from nonfiction, fiction, and experimental films that use pre-existing footage, music, and sound from other individuals' creations without permission or paying fees. Through on-camera interviews with noted documentarians and film and legal experts, the documentary also reviews relevant court cases and clarifies legal issues regarding trademark, parody, and shooting on location or in a controlled setting. Among the experts interviewed is Michael Donaldson, the industry’s go-to attorney for clearance and rights issues. Following the film, co-directors Diane Carson (professor emerita at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and longtime St. Louis film critic) and Robert Johnson Jr. (professor of Communication Arts at Framingham State University) answer questions and amplify on the issues that the film explores.
Mean Streets is a program of The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, is engaged in a four-year initiative called The Divided City, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation.