RARA-AVIS: Using film noir in the classroom

From: Philip Benz ( Philip.Benz@wanadoo.fr)
Date: 09 Apr 2000

Sorry if this is a bit off topic, but I figured if anyone could provide an answer y'all could.

I'd like to obtain authorization to use a number of classic film noir films in my classroom: The Maltese Falcon, The Third Man, The Lady from Shanghai, The Big Sleep and Key Largo. I need to know the agency that I can request authorization from, both to use short excerpts from these films and on occasion to show one or more of them in their entirety.

In the past, short citations from films (up to 3 minutes in length) were considered to fall under the fair use provisions, and thus were exempt from the need to obtain prior authorization. A new interpretation commissioned by the education ministry asserts that to show a small portion of a film infringes on the artistic integrity of the work, and hence is not allowed. So if I'm to avoid becoming a hardened criminal, I need to request authorization.

Kafka would be proud, n'est-ce pas?

Cheers, --- Phil Lyc饠Astier, Aubenas, France

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