Documentary Films and the Law

Documentary Films and the Law

Every year thousands of documentary films are shot that cannot be sold. They sit on a shelf gathering dust because the filmmakers failed to legally clear the use of other people’s music, images, photographs, and copyrighted material. This class will teach law students how to provide legal assistance to filmmakers. You will learn how to copyright films, how to write release agreements, talent contracts, and other documents. The class will include a workshop whereby students will assist actual New Mexico filmmakers seeking to finish their work. The 2-credit course is offered credit/no credit. The 3-credit course is offered to students who wish to do all the activities for the 2-credit course and satisfy the writing requirement by producing at least a 20-page paper on a related topic. Students taking the 3-credit course will receive a letter grade.