Center for Social Media

The Center for Social Media at American University and the Program on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (PIPPI) at the Washington College of Law released Untold Stories: Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Filmmakers

The study [by Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi] explores the implications of the current terms of rights acquisition on the creative process of documentary filmmaking in today’s marketplace, and from them makes recommendations to lower costs and promote creativity. It focuses on the lived experience of independent documentary filmmakers who work primarily within a broadcast environment (sometimes with a theatrical “window”), in coping with the creative challenges created by acquiring and granting rights.