Today we celebrate a victory for documentary and independent filmmakers everywhere—no, scratch that, it’s a victory for anyone who uses the Internet—as the FCC has just voted to ensure net neutrality by using its authority to treat broadband internet like a utility. The IPAT Clinic was proud to submit a comment on behalf of a large coalition of documentary and independent filmmakers including the International Documentary Association and Film Independent asking for just this. The FCC listened to us, and millions of others. You can read our comments here. Also see the New York Times’ coverage of this triumph.
Intrepid IPAT students Aaron Benmark and Rahul Sajnani presenting to International Documentary Association staff and board members on the DMCA §1201 process.
We had a great time talking with Kirby Ferguson today about his masterful Everything is a Remix series and Fair Use! Happy #fairuseweek everybody!
Join us tomorrow for an amazing event in celebration of #FairUseWeek co-sponsored by the UCI IP and Cyberlaw Society! We will celebrate Fair Use Week with a screening of the four part short film “Everything is a Remix” and other short video clips that explore how fair use shapes so much of what we see in music, technology, and more! The event will also feature a discussion with Professor Jack Lerner and Kirby Ferguson, director of “Everything is a Remix”.
The event is free and open to the public! More information here: http://fairuseweek.org/film-screening-everything-is-a-remix/.
Professor Jack Lerner, director of the Clinic, wrote a blog post last December after the oral argument in the closely-watched “Innocence of Muslims” case, Garcia v. Google. The Clinic co-authored an amicus brief in the case on behalf of the International Documentary Association.