Documentary Rights Clearance Issues Studied

Worth a look into for ways “to lower costs and promote creativity”. I run up against these issues in nearly every project.

Untold Stories: Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Filmmakers

By Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi

The problems that documentary filmmakers face in getting and controlling rights for their creative work–and the consequences for cultural creativity–are the focus of this research project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The study 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 creat”