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Fair Use in Filmmaking: Counseling Clients About Using Footage, Music or Art in Film Projects [*1.5 Cal. MCLE credits available]

  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Museum entrance is located on Figueroa, between The Farm of Beverly Hills and Flemings)


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Fair Use in Filmmaking: Counseling Clients About Using Footage, Music or Art in Film Projects
with special access to The GRAMMY Museum
[1.5 hours California MCLE credit available*]

Program Description:

Join CLA, UC Irvine Law professor Jack Lerner, and members of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic for a seminar that explores the fair use of music, film, and other artistic works. Although filmmakers license most music, film clips, or art for use in their projects, they can make use of the fair use doctrine more often than they might know. In this program, Professor Lerner will delve into the practical applications of fair use, highlight the DMCA exemptions that allow documentary filmmakers to obtain footage from DVDs and online media, and go through the process of evaluating fair use. Professor Lerner will also examine court cases in which fair use was an issue, and how fair use has become more reliable and predictable over time. Finally, the program will examine issues that arise when counseling clients about these topics.

This seminar is designed for an attorney audience but all members of the community are welcome. The MCLE portion of the evening will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. The GRAMMY Museum exhibitions will be open to registrants starting at 6:00 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, with special thanks to clinic students Nathan Lafontaine and Garry Trinh for their assistance in preparing for and hosting the event. To learn more about the clinic, visit


Jack I. Lerner is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the UC Irvine School of Law and Director of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, where law students work to support innovation and creative expression in the digital age through a range of counseling, research, and advocacy services. Professor Lerner received a B.A. from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Professor Lerner is a nationally known expert on fair use; he and his students regularly advocate on behalf of documentary and independent filmmakers in amicus briefs and regulatory proceedings, and counsel and represent filmmakers and others on fair use issues. Professor Lerner served on the Legal Advisory Board for the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, and the Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism. He is a Director of the International Documentary Association and a Trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.


Paid parking is available in nearby public lots.

*CLA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 1.5 hours of general MCLE credit and zero hours of Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Prevention, Detection or Treatment of Substance Abuse credit. This event may meet the requirements for continuing legal education credits in other states.  Please check with the bar in the state in which you are seeking credits to determine if this event is eligible.

These seminars are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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