FAIR USE and LEGAL POLICY of Copyright Material

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Producers Guild of America


The Boundaries of Legitimacy or Theft

in Using Other Artist’s Work

a special joint Workshop from

PGA East Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee


New Media Council East


Monday, December 15, 2008

7pm – 9pm

Whether you are doing a documentary film, non-fiction television, or a social network viral video or webisode, if you are using other people’s copyrighted materials, this workshop is for you!

FAIR USE and LEGAL POLICY of Copyright Material:

A workshop panel for PGA members *ONLY*

on its use in Film, Television and New Media

from one of the foremost experts in the field, DR. PETER JASZI

CASE STUDIES, and current application in recent Film, TV and On-line Video:

The ability to easily create and share online video presents unprecedented opportunities for self-expression, but has at the same time generated significant confusion about what is permissable versus impermissable copying. How does one balance the rights of copyright holders and the rights of those who use content for new, valuable and expressive purposes.

And the convergence of media and technology in the 21st century has led to such an accelerated pace of change in the behaviors of consumers that both content producers and distributors have had to adapt quickly to what is considered ownership of copyrighted material. There have been some recent challenges to accepted copyright law and the interpretation of it in the courts.

As we look to the future of the Internet and Net neutrality to open source development and content syndication and the battle over digital copyright, the environment in which content producers find themselves today is more weighted with intellectual property questions and policy issues than ever before. If a property is cleared for distribution how does this effect rights clearances for the mass distribution of content whether on social networks, or viral video sites. Are end users ever liable, if they do a mash-up? All of this and more will be discussed.

Dr. Peter Jaszi having spent many years educating and speaking on “Fair Use” policies for Film and Television, has now turned his attention to Online video, as well.

The Producers Guild of America New Media Council East and the PGA East Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee presents a workshop on the future of media policy, and the current changes in Copyright Law that effect the use of video, music and material choices all producers need and have wanted to choose to get their stories across, but have been held back because of the costs of clearances and the hesitancy of what is Fair Use and what is not. The advances in new technology also have created different ways material is used and these areas will be examined as well as the traditional role this material is used in Film and Television. Case studies will be discussed and members may bring up specific ways they are using copyrighted material and the accepted rights and clearances necessary, or NOT necessary, regarding E&O insurance, rights clearances costs, lengths of material accepted for use, and the interpretation of the law accepted in today’s world, of the term “Fair Use”.

Dr. Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law and Director of Intellectual Property Law Clinic at American University

Professor of Law, and Director of Intellectual Property Law Clinic at American University, Peter Jaszi has literally written the book on copyright and Fair Use.



Mark Marabella, President, MARABELLA PRODUCTIONS, Co-Chair of the Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee

Mark is an Emmy® nominated executive producer and founder of Marabella Productions. He has more than 15 years experience developing, writing, producing, and directing documentaries and television series. The company has produced more than 20 hours of primetime factual programming for the Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The National Geographic Channel.

Mark is the PGA East Co-Chair of the Documentary Committee.


Paul Waterman, President, COSMIC SCREEN, LLC; board delegate, PGA New Media Council

Paul Waterman is the founder and chief executive officer of Cosmic Screen, LLC, a global production company that specializes in original entertainment programming for digital media platforms. The company’s initial production, ‘7 Sins,’ is the first original HD web production made for the syndication market.   Paul has produced a large body of live and studio music productions, ranging from his work with NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ to productions with Showtime and pay-per-view events with the Rolling Stones. He is regarded as one of the industry’s premier performance rights negotiators, and has expanded this expertise into new media production rights management.




HBO – Conference Room

1100 Avenue of the Americas

(Between 42nd and 43rd)

New York City

Space is limited to 35 participants so a confirmed RSVP for this event is required.   Please email: rsvp@pga-ny.org to request a seat. All RSVPs are for one person only. All RSVPs must be re-confirmed to be considered valid.

Event produced by the The Producers Guild of America, New Media Council East and PGA East Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the premier industry association for entertainment producing professionals.

For more up-to-date information on the PGA New Media Council East, visit the blog at http://pganmc.blogspot.com

For more information about the PGA New Media Council and to access a membership application, please visit: http://www.pganewmedia.org

For more information about the PGA and to access a membership application, please visit: http://www.producersguild.org

Previous events from our 2005-2008 event series can be accessed in both webcast and podcast format at: http://www.scribemedia.org/pga

For more information about ScribeStudio Productions, please visit: www.scribemedia.org/about.

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