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Dubbed the “legal Obi Wan Kenobi” and “fair use guru of the documentary film set” by IDA’s former President Eddie Schmidt, Michael Donaldson has gained a national reputation as an expert on clearance- and rights-related issues. When Michael was president of the IDA, he formed the Documentary Credits Coalition to prevent the migration of credits from the screen to the Internet. He helped draft the Best Practices in Fair Use for Documentary Filmmakers and the Rome resolution to launch the harmonization of fair use across the European Union. Immediately upon leaving office, he continued his pro bono work by negotiating with insurance companies to add a fair use rider to their E&O insurance policies. He recruited the USC IP lab for help when he filed, argued, and won an exemption to the DMCA, allowing Documentary Filmmakers to rip DVDs in order to obtain material to be used pursuant to fair use. He helped the IDA be the leading advocate for documentaries. He is the author of the award-winning Clearance and Copyright used in 50 film schools, The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking, and three other books, as well as many articles. Michael is also General Counsel to Film Independent and to the Writers Guild Foundation.