Documentary filmmakers win extension on ‘fair use’ of DVD, streaming video content

By Dru Sefton

The U.S. Copyright Office has renewed an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that allows documentary filmmakers to continue to rip content from DVDs and streaming video for “fair use” incorporation into their work, according to Kartemquin, a Chicago documentary house that was part of a coalition that worked to originally secure the right in 2010.

“However,” Kartemquin noted, “the decision not to allow an exemption for Blu-Ray means that the future is uncertain and in some ways worryingly limited.”

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