One of the most worrying parts of working on a big independent film project is the potential legal woes. Large producers tend to have lawyers on retainer, but for someone working on their capstone or getting feet wet in the world of independent filmmaking, a cease-and-desist over copyright or trademark infringement can be disruptive.
A fairly new group called New Media Rights is offering a solution. New Media Rights offers free literature and some legal services for aspiring filmmakers, YouTube mash-up artists, video game developers, and other independent creative content producers. This is a great resource for anyone having trouble navigating the murky world of fair use law.
Of course, you always could've gone to see Professor Aufderheide, but this is pretty good too.