Students Help Launch Discovery Channel Series “Silicon Valley: The Untold Story”


Intellectual Property Clinic student attorneys Evelyn Kelley and Briana Whinnie at the Washington College of Law helped producers release Silicon Valley: The Untold Story, a series now available on The Science Channel, a subsidiary of The Discovery Channel.  Critically acclaimed producer Kiki Kapany of Kikim Media describes the film:

“The full scope and drama of the Silicon Valley’s evolution will be revealed in Silicon Valley: The Untold Story—a three-hour primetime series that examines how Silicon Valley has managed to stay on the cutting edge of innovation for so long and why its success has been so difficult to duplicate. Together with its website, digital media strategy and outreach effort, it will increase public understanding of a unique region—an enduring source of innovation, entrepreneurship, and world-shaking technologies—that has captured public imagination and changed the modern world.”

Student attorneys Kelley and Whinnie provided an essential and extensive fair use analysis of over 1000 clips, documenting that all third-party material meets recognized fair use legal standards. Additionally, students reviewed and ensured that depictions of prominent figures featured in the film series complied with privacy law. Their work is part of long-standing effort by the clinic with respect to helping documentary filmmakers follow best fair use practices.

The Silicon Valley series will be rebroadcast on the following dates:

Saturday, 3/24 from 9am to 12pm PST on Discovery’s Science Channel

Monday, 3/25 from 12am to 3am PST on Discovery’s Science Channel

Sunday, 4/1 from 6am to 9am PST on the Discovery Channel

Subscribers to most cable services also can stream the series on the Science Channel website or on mobile devices through the free Science Go app.  The series also will be available in the iTunes Store starting 3/20.

The Clinic is currently working on an upcoming project with Kikim Media to be released this fall.

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