Michael C. Donaldson

Michael C. Donaldson is a Los Angeles–based entertainment attorney who has been dubbed the “‘legal Obi Wan Kenobi’ and fair use guru of the documentary film set” by the American Bar Association. His award-winning books have been translated into 11 languages. They include Clearance & Copyright, a standard industry reference book; The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking, written with his law partner Lisa Callif; and Negotiating for Dummies. Michael’s recent article “Refuge from the Storm: A Fair Use Safe Harbor for Non-Fiction Works” appeared in the Spring 2012 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA.