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Thanks for your question. I am an IP solicitor in the UK and can help you with your question today. Can you explain your situation a little more please? For example, what is the nature of the material under challenge? Where does it fit into the documentary? Why did you not seek permission from the copyright owner(s)?
Thanks for your reply. I’m afraid fair use for educational purposes is quite restricted in its scope. You can read online sections 32 onwards of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 but in general terms you can’t put copyright material into the public domain and call it educational. Educational fair use is restricted to the boundaries, either online or physical, of the educational institution. For example if your video was published as part of course materials and available only to staff or students at a university or college that would be fine. What you did is not and in any event the representative institution here is in the US and their restrictions would apply. You should have sought a licence to use the music and images and there is the ability to do that via the RIAA website. https://www.riaa.com/resources-learning/licensing/
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