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Our Events – Center for American Progress
Public Briefing: The Smithsonian/Showtime Controversy
Featured Speakers will include:
Ken Burns, Award-winning documentary filmmaker
Carl Malamud, Senior Fellow and Chief Technology Officer at the Center for American Progress
The Smithsonian Institution’s recent agreement with Showtime Networks to create a joint venture called Smithsonian Networks has raised enormous concern among filmmakers, historians, librarians, and others worried about public access to the nation’s premier collection of historical archives. The new joint venture has right of first refusal on any films that make more than “incidental” use of the Smithsonian collections or for interviews with Smithsonian staff. The Smithsonian Institution has refused to disclose the terms of this contract, which has prompted a formal Freedom of Information Act request.
Please join us to learn about the issues surrounding this new venture and their implications. This major change in policy has the potential to change how access to our collective heritage will be managed in the future.
(More information at the site.)

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