Archival Storytelling: Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music

By Sheila Curran Bernard and Kenn Rabin
Focal Press, 2008

Intended for filmmakers in any genre -- as well as for public historians, archivists, and anyone who uses the sounds and images of the past century in their work -- this book is an essential, pragmatic guide. It features conversations with researchers in Sydney, Moscow, Toronto, and Washington, DC, and insight from filmmakers, music supervisors, intellectual property experts, insurance executives and others, including Geoffrey C. Ward, Lawrence Lessig, Hubert Best, Rick Prelinger, Claire Aguilar, Jan Krawitz, Kristine Samuelson, Sam Green, Stanley Nelson, Rena Kosersky, Jon Else, Bill Nichols, Dale Nelson, Debra Kozee, Pat Aufderheide, and Peter Jaszi.

What do filmmakers need to know when documenting a world filled with rights-protected images and sounds? How do they protect their own creative efforts from infringement? Where do they go for affordable stills and footage? How do filmmakers, historians, and the public evaluate the historical value of archival materials? Archival Storytelling defines key terms--copyright, fair use, public domain, orphan works and more—and challenges filmmakers to become not only archival users but also archival and copyright activists, ensuring their ongoing ability as creators to draw on the cultural materials that surround them.