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Moving Image Collections: Copyright

The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye.

Copyright basics

All titles in the film and video collection are under copyright. Unauthorized use or duplication is strictly prohibited.The Library does not own Public Performance Rights for the majority of the collection including all feature films.  This means no screenings outside the classroom.  Any general public screening (free or not, on or off campus) must have public performance rights.

Films may be shown in their entirety or as clips in the classroom as part of an assigned project. It is assumed that all material checked-out will be used in accordance with current standard copyright law.

First Sale Doctrine - Section 109. (Circulation) Under it anyone who owns a lawfully manufactured and acquired copy of a copyrighted work may distribute that copy by resale, rental, or loan.

Fair Use - Section 107. (Clips) In the classroom fair use of a copyrighted work, for the purposes such as; criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research is not an infringement of copyright. In the determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is fair use, the factors to be considered shall include; Must be for nonprofit educational (instructional) purposes. Only a small (limited) portion of any work may be used. Use cannot affect the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Face to Face Exemption - Section 110. (Classroom use) Screening of a lawfully made and acquired work by instructors in the course of face-to-face teaching, in a classroom devoted to instruction, is not an infringement of copyright. Any presentation without the instructor present or not in a classroom would be an infringement.

For information on copyright and the online version of US Copyright Law, click here.

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