This documentary explores the three questions that are crucial in determining fair use exemptions for documentary filmmakers. It presents illustrative examples from nonfiction films that use pre-existing footage, music, and sound from other individuals' creations without the need to seek permission or pay fees. Through on-camera interviews with noted documentarians, film and legal experts, the documentary also reviews relevant court cases and clarifies fair use issues.
This documentary explores the principles of fair use as they relate to scripted films. Through interviews with knowledgeable entertainment lawyers and film professionals, along with illustrative film clips, it clarifies fair use exemptions that permit the use of pre-existing footage, music, and sound from other individuals’ creations without seeking permission or paying fees.