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NY Times: The Hidden Costs of Documentaries

NY Times: The Hidden Costs of Documentaries

Today, anyone armed with a video camera and movie-editing software can make a documentary. But can everyone afford to make it legally? Clearance costs – licensing fees paid to copyright holders for permission to use material like music, archival photographs and film and news clips – can send expenses for filmmakers soaring into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Nancy Ramsey reports.

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