Fair Use, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and Documentary Filmmakers

Gordon Quinn

April 5, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Harris School of Public Policy Studies
1155 E. 60th St
Room 224

Gordon Quinn, founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films, will share DVD clips and personal stories to explain how documentary filmmakers regained the rights described by the fair use doctrine. He will also clarify the current restrictions imposed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Gordon Quinn is the founder and artistic director of Kartemquin Films, the Chicago-based production company that has been described by the Chicago Reader as a “documentary powerhouse.” He has directed many films, including Home For Life; Vietnam, Long Time Coming; Golub; and Prisoner of Her Past; and has produced many more, including Hoop Dreams, which received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Picture, and an Academy Award Nomination. Recently he directed A Good Man, about choreographer Bill T. Jones, which will be aired on PBS's "American Masters." Gordon is a supporter of public and community media, and has served on the boards of several organizations including The Illinois Humanities Council, The Chicago Public Access Corporation, and The Public Square Advisory Committee, The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. A key leader in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, Gordon encourages filmmakers to educate themselves on the tenets of the fair use doctrine, frequently speaking to the media, legal, and educational communities about this fundamental right.