For over a year, students in the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic have been working tirelessly for a DMCA exemption for filmmakers and authors, on behalf of the International Documentary Association, Authors Alliance, Kartemquin Films, Film Independent,American Association of University Professors, and many others. Together with co-counsel Michael C. Donaldson, Chris Perez, and the Tech Law & Policy Clinic at University of Colorado Law School, the Acting Librarian of Congress announced a new rule that does just that in several important respects. This marks a great moment for fair use and freedom of expression.
The Librarian of Congress has granted the latest exemption, including the ability to access Blu-ray and digitally transmitted video (footage obtained from a streaming site such as Netflix). We are proud to have worked with International Documentary Association, Kartemquin Films and many others to achieve a landmark exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that effects ALL documentary filmmakers nationwide!
Join us tomorrow in Long Beach as IPAT director Jack Lerner and California Lawyers for the Arts discuss Fair Use & Friction: Fan Art, Remix, Appropriation & the Law.
Today was a pretty great day to be an #anteater. UCI was named one of the 10 best public institutions in the nation, and our colleague Vicki Ruiz was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Zot zot zot!