Michael Donaldson

Law Offices of Donaldson & Callif

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Law Offices of Donaldson & Callif


When Michael Donaldson was President of the International Documentary Association, he organized a coalition to successfully fight the migration of credits from the cable television screen to the Internet. He has organized Amicus Briefs in three different, successful federal cases on behalf of individual filmmakers who were under attack and helped draft the Orphan Works bill. In 2007 and 2008, Michael negotiated the first riders to E&O Insurance policies that explicitly covered material used by filmmakers pursuant to the fair use doctrine of the U.S. Copyright Act. Michael also helped author the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use by Documentary Filmmakers, a similar Statement for Online Videos, and yet another for Dance Archives. He serves on the advisory committee of the Stanford Fair Use Project. All of these tasks were performed on a pro bono basis. Michael has authored five other books, which collectively have garnered three national book awards, have been translated into 11 languages, and have sold over a quarter million copies. In addition to his thriving law practice and writing career, Michael maintains a steady schedule of international teaching and speaking. His Clearance and Copyright is used in over 50 film schools around the country. Michael is an award-winning photographer, is a world-wide hiker, and won gold medals in the 1996 and 1998 Senior Olympics in gymnastics. He lives in Santa Monica with his partner, Tim Kittleson. OTHER BOOKS BY MICHAEL DONALDSON Introduction to Conversations with Michael Landon Do-it-yourself Copyright and Trademarks Negotiating for Dummies, 2d Edition Clearance and Copyright, 3d Edition Fearless Negotiating Thriving in the Work Place (Contributor) Movies: The Ultimate Insider's Guide (Contributor)


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