American documentary film producers have a difficult time clearing copyright on images, music, and other sound clips if they are reusing other media. The Center for Social Media at American University is holding an invitation-only conference later this month to discuss the issues involved. "Fair Use and Free Speech: Beyond Untold Stories" takes place at Drexel Univeristy September 28.
However, they have also produced a report and short video with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation. "Untold Stories: Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Filmmakers" is accessible to all of us. It shows the difficulties encountered in past productions as well as the conclusions about the effects on society.