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Fair Use Project


The Stanford Center for Internet and Society launched its Fair Use Project in 2006 to provide legal support to projects designed to clarify, and extend, the boundaries of “fair use” in order to enhance creative freedom. The Fair Use Project represented filmmakers, musicians, artists, writers, scholars, and other content creators in a range of disputes that raise important questions concerning fair use and the limits of intellectual property rights. In doing so, it relied on a network of talented lawyers within the Center for Internet and Society, as well as attorneys in law firms and public interest organizations that were dedicated to advancing the mission of the Fair Use Project.

The Documentary Film Program provided filmmakers with information about fair use, access to insurance for liability arising out of copyright litigation, and access to lawyers who defended copyright claims pro bono or at reduced rates.The Documentary Film Program stopped accepting films into the program in September 2014.