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April 7 at 11:00am

The Orphan Works Problem

By Ted Hope

IDA and Film Independent are working on your behalf to solve a big problem hurting filmmakers everywhere.  They deserve a big THANK YOU from us all.

Read this:

“The International Documentary Associationa nd Film Independent respectfully submit this statement on behalf of thousands of documentary and independent filmmakers and other creators who struggle every day with the orphan works problem. This problem effectively prevents filmmakers from licensing third party materials whenever the rights holder cannot be identified or found; for many filmmakers, the threat of a lawsuit, crippling damages, and an injunction makes the risk of using an orphan work just too high. In fact, because of this risk, distribution, broadcast, and film festival admission is often impossible for films that include orphan works.”

Read all of it here so that you can understand the problem better and what can be done.


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  1. The IDA / Apr 7 at 11:00am

    Hi there! The International Documentary Association is “IDA”, not to be confused with IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Thanks for writing about the work we’re doing with Michael Donaldson and Film Independent!

  2. Opsoclo Films / Apr 7 at 11:00am

    The will give a breathing room for filmmakers and hope’s for future filmmakers.

  3. Ted Hope / Apr 7 at 11:00am

    Oops! Sorry!

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