Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use explores the three questions crucial to determining fair use exemptions and presents illustrative examples from nonfiction, fiction, and experimental films that use pre-existing footage, music and sound from other individuals' creations—without permission or paying fees. Through on-camera interviews with noted documentarians, film and legal experts, OPF also reviews relevant court cases and clarifies legal issues regarding trademark, parody, and shooting on location or in a controlled setting.

Learn a little bit about the producers, directors,
and our film experience.


Robert Johnson, Jr.

Professor of Communication Arts at Framingham State University where he teaches documentary filmmaking, media production and writing. He has produced over two-dozen history of science documentaries that aired on PBS and cable throughout the U.S., Canada, and England. His latest documentary The Making of Madame White Snake provides a behind-the-scenes look at the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera. His 2007 documentary, No Short Climb: “Race Workers” & America’s Defense Technology, received numerous awards and has been screened at film festivals and museums across the U.S. A member of the CINE Board of Directors, he serves as a jury chair for the annual CINE Golden Eagle Documentary Awards category.

Robert is co-founder and co-chair of the University Film and Video Association’s Documentary Working Group, and served for years as chair of the UFVA’s Carole Fielding Grants Committee. He is currently a Trustee for the University Film and Video Foundation. A Fulbright scholar, he taught documentary filmmaking workshops in Rwanda, and served as an expert for the State Department’s Bureau of Educational Affairs’ program, American Documetary Showcase. He contributed three biographies to the African-American National Biography and has lectured at Harvard University, Rutgers University IEEE History Center, The Smithsonian Institute, and the Royal Society of Chemistry in England. He recently received a grant from the Wyncote Foundation for a collaborative documentary project on sexual assault on university campuses.

Diane Carson

Past President of the University Film and Video Association (2008 to 2010) and previously served as Editorial Vice President and Secretary. She is Professor Emerita of St. Louis Community College at Meramec where she taught film studies and film production for over three decades. She continues to teach as an adjunct at St. Louis Community College and at Webster University. Diane sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Film and Video and served on the editorial board of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Cinema Journal (1998-2003).

Diane co-authored Appetites and Anxieties: Food, Film and the Politics of Representation (Wayne State U Press, 2014). She has contributed to and co-edited several anthologies, including Sayles Talk: New Perspectives on Independent Filmmaker John Sayles (Wayne State U Press, 2006); More Than a Method: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Film Performance (Wayne State U Press, 2004); and John Sayles: Interviews (U Press of Mississippi, 1999).

She has enjoyed Fulbright Field Study awards to China, South Korea and Japan in addition to being a visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England. She was the assistant director/co-writer on the documentary "Remembering Bonnie and Clyde," Turquoise Productions,1995, and she contributes weekly film reviews to St. Louis community radio KDHX (88.1 FM). Diane served as a film expert for the American Documentary Showcase, sponsored by UFVA and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Diane & Robert are available for speaking and screening engagements.


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