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Using Motion Pictures, Videos & DVD's
|Scenario #1 -- Showing videos copied from TV to classes|
If I tape a program from a TV show to show in class, are there any restrictions on use?
YES! Non-profit educational institutions and instructors may record TV programs for instructional purposes, but there are specific rules that apply.
recorded from TV found to be useful to the curriculum, must be purchased for
use with future classes.
|Scenario #2 -- Bus Trip Movie Viewing|
The ball team is traveling to Kansas and team members want to see movies to kill time.
What do we need to do to show movies legally?
You need to get public performance rights to show the movies in that setting. Movies are being shown
for recreational purposes, not educational ones, so the face-to-face teaching exemption does not apply.
the motion picture distributors to ask for public performance permission fee
to show the video.
Some videos/DVD's/CDs can be purchased with public performance rights.
|Scenario #3 -- Showing Rental Copies of Videos/DVDs to Classes|
Can I rent a video from a local rental store that we don't have in our college collection and show it in class if it says "Home Use Only?"
Yes. Video rental copies have the FBI warning about legal use at the beginning of the tape or DVD and many are marked for "Home Use Only," indicating that they are licensed for viewing with a small group of personal friends or family. But, a teaching exemption (§110) is allowed for instructors who teach at non-profit institutions in face-to-face class settings. If you find that you are using a video/DVD over and over, it would be a good idea to purchase it for you department or request that the library make the purchase.
346.73 Russell, Carrie. Complete Copyright: an Everyday Primer for Librarians. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004, p. 53.