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Important Copyright Ruling Affecting Documentary Film Producers Analyzed

Agoura Hills, CA – Up until last week, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 had a strangle-hold on Fair Use by documentary and other filmmakers, but this changed when a team of University of Southern California (USC) Law students from the Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic (“the Clinic”) under the supervision of Jack Lerner, professor at USC and Director of the Clinic, together with Michael C. Donaldson, an entertainment attorney who represented a coalition of filmmakers and organizations such as Kartemquin Films, the IDA, and other filmmaking groups, appealed to the United States Copyright Office and won an exemption for filmmakers. This court ruling has a direct and immediate impact on everyone producing videos today.

On Thursday, August 5th, 6:00pm (PDT), the Digital Production BuZZ, the world’s only interactive talk radio show for digital production, post-production and distribution, will feature Jack Lerner whose team was responsible for obtaining the recent court ruling.

Later in the program, Jonathan Handel, Of Counsel at Troy/Gould, and Bruce Nazarian, President of IDMA, two regular contributors to The BuZZ, will provide additional legal and industry perspective on the impact of this ruling.

The DMCA made breaking the digital locks on DVDs and other media a criminal act. As it says in the July 26, 2010 article, “USC Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic Wins Copyright Exemption for Filmmakers,” the team of USC Law students “helped secure an exemption that will allow documentary filmmakers to use material contained on DVDs and other sources that were previously off limits.”

Lerner, Handel and Nazarian will conduct an in-depth, no doubt lively, examination of how the new exemption will impact documentary filmmakers and their work. Larry Jordan, executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ, said, “Recent events have shown the power of the documentary to change public opinion. Past interpretations of Fair Use rights have often prevented producers from telling their story. The impact of this ruling can not be overestimated on our industry.”

About the Digital Production BuZZ
The Digital Production BuZZ is one of the longest-running tech podcasts on the air bringing listeners all the news they need now and in their digital future. It remains a leader in programming related to digital video production, post-production and distribution, keeping its listeners in touch with the trends and technologies, people and practices essential to keep them up-to-date and entertained.

New episodes of the Digital Production BuZZ air live every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PDT. Participate in the discussion via the Live Chat during the show, or download the program later via iTunes, Zune, or at the show’s website.

Executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ is Larry Jordan (internationally-renowned digital media expert, Apple-certified trainer, author, and member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America). Michael Horton co-hosts (film editor and founder of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group and organizer of the world-renowned SuperMeets) and Cirina Catania produces (writer/director, new media, the internet and reality programming for clients such as National Geographic, Discovery and MSN and member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.)

About Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.
Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides high-quality, engaging training and information covering video production and post-production for practicing professionals and students through a variety of media worldwide. The company was founded by Larry Jordan, an internationally-renowned digital media analyst, consultant and Apple-Certified trainer with over 30 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He’s a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Jordan is executive producer and host of three talk radio shows including the weekly industry-leading digital media podcast Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ and Video Production Radio, a monthly audio podcast on WS Radio.

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