Copyright Extensions, Fair Use, and the 21st Century Filmmaker

Laura A. Godorecci And Walter G. Lehmann

©2013. Published in Landslide, Vol. 5, No. 3, January/February 2013, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

With the rise of the Internet Age and its accompanying leaps in video and audio recording technology, more people than ever before are trying their hand at independent filmmaking and new media production.1 Handheld camcorders costing $300–$500 shoot 1920 x 1080 HD video.2 Lavalier microphones priced under $20 record pristine sound.3 Those who might once have let a spark of interest in filmmaking flicker at the prospect of entering the industry can now shoot a theater-grade movie with a prosumer4 camera, or pull out an iPhone,5 set up a YouTube channel, and become their own indie production house.

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