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Live Old Time Music! Free Food! July 1st, 5pm ­ 8pm at the Durland Alternatives Library 127 Anabel Taylor Hall Cornell University Campus (free parking on campus after 5pm)


Contact: Ryan Clover-Owens

Durland Alternatives Library : 40th Anniversary Celebration

Live Old Time Music! Free Food! July 1st, 5pm ­ 8pm at the Durland Alternatives Library 127 Anabel Taylor Hall Cornell University Campus (free parking on campus after 5pm)

Come celebrate the Alternatives Library’s 40th Anniversary! With food, live music,  presentations, and activities for kids – there’s no better time to browse our unique collection.  This event is free and open to the public.

Since its founding in 1974, the library continues its mission of supporting social change and transformative action. Prisoner Express, one of our core programs, provides correspondence  and reading materials for thousands of people incarcerated in the US prison system.

Throughout the years, the Library has expanded to become a multifaceted organization–using  our collection to empower experimentation, collaboration, and social action. This event is a  celebration of this history and a commitment to continue our important work.

The event is free and open to the public. Children are welcome! Besides our amazing children’s  book collection, there will be games–including a people’s history scavenger hunt! If you’ve been  wanting to stop by, or have never experienced the Alternatives Library, now’s your chance!

The Durland Alternatives Library is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA)

The Durland Alternatives Library is wheelchair accessible and handicap parking is available at  the front of the building. Food provided at this event will include sugar­free, gluten free, and  vegan options. The Alternatives Library is a fragrance­free space, please refrain from wearing  perfume or cologne. Thanks!

click here to access the event poster (click it again on the next screen): alternatives-40-poster-03

SSRN paper: Documentarians, Fair Use and Free Expression: Changes in Copyright Attitudes and Actions with Access to Best Practices

Aufderheide, Patricia and Sinnreich, Aram, Documentarians, Fair Use and Free Expression: Changes in Copyright Attitudes and Actions with Access to Best Practices (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: or
Description from SSRN:


This study, based on a survey of 489 documentary filmmakers, is a case study in copyright policy in and through practice. It assesses the changes in documentary production practice around clearance of copyrighted material since the creation of the Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in fair use in 2005. Fair use, an exotic and occasional feature of documentary film in 2004, has become well-known and commonly employed. Creative options for filmmakers concerning use of third-party material have dramatically improved with changes in norms after the issuing of the Statement. Attitudes about fair use are strongly associated with free expression and creative opportunity, and vary with experience. Where filmmakers have changed work because of copyright concerns, they themselves rather than any gatekeeper have made the decision to do so. Where change is associated with fair use, risk is a common concern. Newer filmmakers are more likely to support use of copyrighted material to make new work, but less likely to know about fair use, and also more likely to have experienced takedowns online. Both education about and experience with fair use appear to have an effect on practice. Filmmakers continue to lack reliable information on the actual risk landscape, and about fair use on digital platforms.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: copyright, film, documentary, fair use, intellectual property, creativity