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February 2002, Week 4


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Jessica Rosner <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 24 Feb 2002 15:32:53 -0500
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List
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> While recent US copyright legislation has been overly favorable
corporate 'authors', surprisingly, more recent court ruling have
upholding and even expanding the 'fair use' of film clips and

Last week the US Supreme Court agreed to hear a major
challenge to the
copyright law, one which would (among other things) allow for
reproduction of movies for the sake education and access.

Other recent federal cases have actually upheld the right of
(ranging from TV news networks to individuals) to use clips from
Hollywood motion pictures, so long as it was not for commercal

So if a clip can sometimes be used legitimately, one assumes a
frame grab is fair use too.  Of course it's always best to credit
thank) sources.  But copyright law is open to interpretation; just
because a party asserts that they have the legal right to charge
for permission to reproduce something doesn't mean this is so.

I am unaware of the Supreme Court agreeing to review anything
involving digital reproduction. The case they agreed to hear last
week only involved the copyright EXTENSION as far as I know
but I would love to hear otherwise.
Also is anyone aware of the status of the case between
Richard Feiner and the Hollywood Reporter? Mr. Feiner had won
a summery judgement in New York involving the use of a
Laurel & Hardy publicity still that the Hollywood Reporter used in
an ad. It was a strange case because the still in question came
from  MGM in a compilation reissue and they gave permission
but Mr. Feiner owned the film and he sued. I f anyone has an
update on this, please post

Jessica Rosner

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