BS in Journalism
The plummeting cost of digital video equipment allowed the author, Kyle Neddenriep, to independently produce a documentary profiling singer songwriter Chase McBride's 2010 Child of the Wild Tour. In producing the film, You Gotta Have Soul, Kyle Neddenriep discovered that copyright clearances significantly impede independent film projects due to the high licensing cost of copyrighted material (i.e. music, newsreel footage, photographs, film). The following is an investigation of copyright clearance costs and difficulties associated with producing independent films, and a reference manual for content producers looking to invoke a fair use defense in utilizing unauthorized copyrighted material in their projects.