Free Documentary Filmmaking Comic


"A documentary is being filmed. A cell phone rings, playing the “Rocky” theme song. The filmmaker is told she must pay $10,000 to clear the rights to the song. Can this be true? “Eyes on the Prize,” the great civil rights documentary, was pulled from circulation because the filmmakers’ rights to music and footage had expired. What’s going on here? It’s the collision of documentary filmmaking and intellectual property law, and it’s the inspiration for this new comic book."
Bound By Law is a project of Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain. This comic helps readers to understand the idea of "fair use" and ownership of intellectual property. Even if you don't plan on shooting a documentary, the information is critical for any guerrilla filmmaker to understand .