Intellectual Property

Copyright, the Archivist, and the Public Interest

Type: Clinical Project, Project
Year: 2002

Over the course of two semesters, clinic students represented a non-profit that is digitizing and archiving short films, music clips and rendering software, with the goal of making this material available for independent filmmakers to use on generous license terms. The client’s collection already includes nearly 400 short films; it will soon include even more from filmmakers who want others to be able build on their films in the manner that a commons provides. The clinic students explored intellectual property, contract law and employment law issues, and drafted the in and out licenses that make this new kind of open exchange possible.