In the May 19, 2006 episode of On The Media (an excellent show from WNYC and one of my favorite podcasts) Brooke Gladstone talks with Amy Sewell, the producer and writer of the documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom” and her experiences clearing rights to copyrighted material. Gladstone then talks with Hugh Hansen, a law professor at Fordham University and advocate of strong copyright laws, along with James Boyle, a professor of law at Duke University and co-author of “Bound by Law,” a comic book about fair use that’s available for free on the Duke University Law School website. Boyle argues that copyright holders have been promoting “a permissions culture,” leading filmmakers to ignore their first use rights. An interesting segment that’s very relevant to filmmakers, especially indie documentary filmmakers on a tight budget who can’t afford to clear the rights to everything the way big-budget productions are in the habit of doing. Check it out.