Eddie Schmidt Speaks About IRS Case w/ Media Minutes
Listen to Eddie Schmidt, IDA’s Board President, in conversation with Media Minutes’ Stevie Converse and Candace Clement, as they discuss the Lee Storey IRS case, and IDA’s Amicus Brief in support of documentary filmmakers.
Documentaries Supposed to Make Money, Court Told By MICHAEL CIEPLY LOS ANGELES — Bad enough that documentarians have a hard time getting an audience for their wares. Now the United States Tax Court is raising alarms throughout the documentary world by questioning whether documentary-making can generally be considered for-profit activity. The International Documentary Association, Film […]
Update in the IRS Case Against Documentaries: Do They Satisfy the “Nine-Factor Test”? By Dana Harris (June 13, 2011) The International Documentary Assn. has formally announced its legal battle to protect the for-profit status of documentary filmmaking. As Indiewire reported, the IDA and other organizations have filed an amicus brief urging “the United States Tax […]
IDA is reaching out to the documentary community for support on an important issue that affects our community.
For nearly 30 years IDA has been on the frontlines in the battle for documentary filmmakers’ legal rights…
“Gasland,” “Fahrenheit” and “Crude” Under Fire: What’s At Stake
Documentary filmmakers today gained access to previously “locked” DVD content for fair use in their productions under an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act granted to them by the US Copyright Office.
The IDA and a group of filmmakers that includes Academy Award winners and nominees have issued an open letter in support of Joe Berlinger, the director of Crude, and objecting to a judge’s ruling that Chevron could subpoena Mr. Berlinger’s footage from his film.
Industry organizations and documentary filmmakers joined forces today by lending their names to an amicus brief filed on their behalf by attorney Michael C. Donaldson in support of Joe Berlinger who was ordered to turn over some 600 hours of raw footage shot in connection with his film Crude.
Today the US Supreme Court struck down a statute on First Amendment grounds that criminalized a lot of documentary filmmaking. Congress enacted a law to criminalize any depiction of any acts to animals in a film that results in the animals being killed or harmed