Comments submitted in DMCA exemption case

Without a DMCA exemption for filmmakers, many important documentaries currently in production could not be made. This argument is at the core of official comments submitted to the US Copyright office yesterday, which you can now read in full online.   The official comments are the first step in the case asking for a renewed exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow filmmakers and multimedia content creators to rip content from DVDs, Blu-Ray and digital video transmission (streaming video) for the purpose of "fair use" incorporation in their work. This would extend the victory for filmmakers secured in 2010 and protect the future of documentary film.   Continued

Xan Aranda brings "Mormons" to Kartemquin

Director/Producer Xan Aranda is in demand. Currently in production on her debut Kartemquin film, Mormons Make Movies, her new concert documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year was selected for world premiere at the 2011 New York Film Festival, and has screened with the Copenhagen, Denver, Chicago, St. Louis and Vancouver Film Festivals. Xan has been working with Kartemquin since 2007 on the films Milking the Rhino and Prisoner of her Past. Read about how Mormons relates her personal connection to the growth of the Mormon film industry, and why she chose to make this film at Kartemquin. Continued

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