C-SPAN in the Movies
October 19, 2010
When you see video with the C-SPAN logo in a movie or documentary, is it authorized? The answer is: It needs to be. Movie and documentary producers must come to C-SPAN to request permission to use C-SPAN video in their productions. C-SPAN reviews these uses, grants permission, and charges a fee for uses that generate income for the productions.
For fictional accounts in motion pictures, C-SPAN seeks to assure that the portrayal is consistent with how C-SPAN covers events on a daily basis. Since C-SPAN has become a brand name for coverage of congressional hearings and other public affairs events, writers like to use the C-SPAN logo in their fictional portrayals. Other times, they use video of C-SPAN event as background. Some movies that have been licensed by C-SPAN over the years include: Evan Almighty, Breach, Dave, Bulworth, Distinguished Gentleman, Iron Man 2, Legally Blonde 2, and Charlie Wilson’s War.
There are many documentaries that have used C-SPAN video. These documentaries are the creative works of the producers. The use of C-SPAN video does not imply that C-SPAN agrees with the point of view. Our video is primary source material that the producers use to make their points. C-SPAN created the Video Library so that our viewers could have access to the primary source materials to make up their own minds. Our clipping and sharing features allow you to select clips, much like a producer, and to make your own points in emails and blogs.