DMCA exemptions granted for docmakers

The U.S. Copyright Office today granted documentary makers a renewed exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), allowing them to rip content from DVDs and streaming video for the purpose of "fair use" incorporation in their work. This ruling extends the victory for filmmakers secured in 2010 by a coalition including Kartemquin, and protects the short-term future of documentary film. However, the decision not to allow an exemption for Blu-Ray means that the future is uncertain and in some ways worryingly limited.

Interrupt Violence: New Interactive Website for The Interrupters

Today we’re launching Interrupt Violence (, Kartemquin’s first transmedia project, which will expand the journey of The Interrupters into the persistent violence that plagues American cities.
On the new site, users can explore an interactive sequence including background and personal histories of murder victims and communities featured in The Interrupters.
By the full launch, additional sections will be created, including:
  • Interactive webisodes paired with Interrupter advice about dealing with crisis, anger, loss, and redemption

  • Community resources (violence prevention, counseling, health, education, etc.) that can have an impact on local families

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