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

Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property Public Impact Series, 2010

American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2010-23

36 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2010 Last revised: 23 Aug 2010

Sean M. Flynn

American University - Washington College of Law; Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Peter A. Jaszi

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: March 5, 2010

Abstract

This report summarizes research on the perceptions of South African documentary filmmakers about copyright clearance requirements and the effect of such requirements on their work. This work was performed in the context of a larger project exploring how lessons learned from “best practices” projects with documentary filmmakers in the U.S. can help their counterparts in other countries identify and overcome barriers to effective filmmaking posed by escalating copyright clearance requirements.

Keywords: Copyright, intellectual property, documentary film, South Africa, fair use, fair dealing, limiations and exceptions

JEL Classification: O34

Suggested Citation

Flynn, Sean M. and Jaszi, Peter A., Untold Stories in South Africa: Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Filmmakers (March 5, 2010). Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property Public Impact Series, 2010; American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2010-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1654025

Sean M. Flynn (Contact Author)

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

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Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

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Peter A. Jaszi

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

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