A question of Fair use

A recent project had me arguing that showing a Coca-Cola logo on a stadium scoreboard would’ve fallen very comfortably under the rules of Fair Use. I wish I had remembered seeing a link to this document – Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use. It would have been a big help in arguing my case…

…not that it would’ve really helped, though. In this day and age, who wants to be the test case for how documentarists should stand up for their Fair Use Rights, alltough it looks like the Independent Film Channel may be making the effort to restore some weight to the Fair Use Doctrine. (NYTimes Article Link)

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