Former Warner Bros. VP and Senior Counsel Joins Donaldson + Callif as Partner

Dale Nelson, 20-year veteran of Warner Bros. intellectual property group joins the independent film industry’s go-to law firm  LOS ANGELES – Donaldson + Callif is pleased to announce the addition of former Warner Bros. Vice President and Senior Intellectual Property … Full Story

  Donaldson + Callif Secures Broader DMCA Exemptions for Indie Filmmakers in Landmark Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Partners Michael Donaldson and Chris Perez of Donaldson + Callif, a Los Angeles-based law firm representing independent producers of film, television and web-based content, and Professor Jack Lerner, Director of the Intellectual Property, Arts and Technology Clinic … Full Story

  Clearance and Copyright 4th Edition Has Arrived!

The latest and greatest edition of Clearance and Copyright is now available for sale.  It is with great excitement that Donaldson and Callif release the 4th edition of the industry’s standard for fair use and filmmaking resources.  Complete with downloadable/editable … Full Story

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2013

Donaldson added, “Preservation of the journalistic privilege for documentary filmmakers in spite of how they initially find out about a story and in spite of how passionately they advocate for their subjects is essential to documentarians being able to work effectively.” Full Story

  2012 International Documentary Association Nominations

Congratulations to our clients for their nominations in the 2012 International Documentary Association’s Awards. Kirby Dick – “The Invisible War” Lauren Greenfield – “Queen of Versailles” Onyx Films, LLC – “The Harvest of Empire” Rodney Ascher & Tim Kirk – … Full Story

  DMCA, Fair Use, Documentary Filmakers and Remixes

Documentary filmmakers show regulators the cost of criminalizing copying of popular culture. Full Story

  Law Banning Video of Animal Cruelty Struck Down

Supreme Court strikes down federal ban on the sale of videos depicting violence against animals. Full Story

  No Free Samples for Documentaries: Seeking Film Clips With the Fair-Use Doctrine

Film producer views “Wanderlust” as a way of introducing new generation to the genre. Full Story