From time to time, The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture publishes white papers on issues of relevance to the cultural sector. Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, wrote a paper entitled, "The Color Line and US Cultural Policy," that we are offering as a downloadable pdf.
The result of more than a year of research -- including many firsthand stories from artists, historians, Web bloggers, and others -- "Will Fair Use Survive?" documents how the rights to fair use and free expression are being threatened by an intellectual property system that is perilously out of balance.
The report includes six recommendations for change. Documentary filmmaker of "Hoop Dreams," Gordon Quinn, proclaims that the report "is part of a wider movement to educate people about fair use, and it's going to help us users organize and reassert the right to fair use."
Current knowledge of the operation of the arts world and its underlying dynamics is limited, especially with regard to the media arts - art that is produced using or combining film, video, and computers. The authors examine the organizational features of the media arts, placing them in the context of the broader arts environment and identifying the major challenges they face. They take a structural point of view, discussing audiences, media artists as a group, arts organizations, and funding for the media arts.
In July, a group of Bay Area media organization executive directors and media funders came together for a discussion with Lawrence Wilkinson, a co-founder of Global Business Networks and one of our lead consultants on the Deep Focus scenario planning project. We were there to reconsider and revisit some ideas about the “future of independent media” that have, over the last two years, become mainstream concepts and realities. From “long tail” marketing to moving image media migration online, a number of these trends were forecast by author Andrew Blau in Deep Focus: The Future of Independent Media, published by NAMAC in 2004. Scenarios and questions that seemed abstract and far out on the horizon two years ago are now the concrete challenges that we — in all sectors of the media industries — are facing on a daily basis.
Digital technology is transforming filmmaking. And policymakers are scrambling to catch up with the changes. What policies are good for independent filmmakers? What are the hot issues, and what are the positions that best support the creativity and diversity that independent filmmakers represent? Digital Futures: A Need-to-Know Policy Guide for Independent Filmmakers answers those questions with to-the-point answers.
For the complete report visit: http://centerforsocialmedia.org/rock/index.htm