HOW LAW CONSTRUCTS AND CONSTRAINS CULTURE
Held in association with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
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A view from artists
Some legal perspectives*
Documentary Filmmaking (MPEG version)
Legal experts James Boyle and John Sloss discuss the legal and practical realities facing documentary filmmakers, including copyright law and errors and omissions insurance
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Culture on the Legal Cutting Room Floor
Documentary filmmakers and legal experts discuss the intellectual property hurdles faced by filmmakers in clearing rights and renewing limited licenses for images and music, the conflict between their need to access protected material and their desire to protect their own works and maintain the integrity of those works after production, and legal reforms that take into account artists' perspectives.
Music, Bound by Law?
Would the evolution of genres such as jazz, which relied on practices of borrowing and referencing, be possible under today's legal regime? Musicians and legal experts examine the treatment of creative practices across musical genres, how the line between permissible borrowing and theft in music has shifted in recent years, and musical forms that would be enabled by different ways of doing business within the music industry.