Attorney and Author Michael Donaldson to Discuss Fair Use at WCL

EVENT: Monday Feb 2, 2009
International Student Lounge
12:15 - 1:30

Michael C. Donaldson is an entertainment attorney who has been fighting for independent filmmakers for over thirty years. He will discuss intellectual property and filmmaking at WCL next Monday.

As President of the International Documentary Association, he negotiated with the cable networks to prevent the wholesale migration of credits from the screen to the Internet by organizing and leading the Documentary Credit Coalition. He served on the Advisory Committee for the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and was the only attorney in private practice to serve on the drafting committee for the recently released Statement of Best Practices for On-line Video. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Stanford Fair Use Project. He negotiated with Media Professional Insurance Company, Chubb Insurance Company, and other companies to offer fair use riders on the E&O insurance policies, which allowed many programs to be produced under the fair use doctrine. He helped draft and lobbied strenuously for Orphan Works legislation. Donaldson helped draft the Rome Resolution to harmonize Fair Use across the European Union. He lectures frequently at law schools and film schools in Europe and across the United States.

Donaldson's book Clearance and Copyright: Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know, is used in over 50 film schools and has become the standard reference book for the industry. Michael also wroteHis book Clearance and Copyright: Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know, is used in over 50 film schools and has become the standard reference book for the industry. Michael also wrote Negotiating for Dummies, Fearless Negotiating, and The E-Z Legal Guide to Trademarks & Copyrights.