permission for film clips

Lori Stevens (
Tue, 1 Feb 2000 10:01:51 -0800 (PST)

Hello all,
I don't mean to open another can of worms, and since I am fairly new to this list you may have already resolved it, but here goes:

The library here would like to sponser a program (that would be free of charge but open to the public as well as the school community) featuring a local film scholar talking about the role Utah has played in the motion picture industry. We would like to augment his remarks with 1-2 minute clips from the films he will be referring to.
The million dollar question is this: since we are showing a brief excerpt of the work, do we need to secure permission from all of the copyright holders?

I am finding all sorts of responses in the literature, I guess I am taking the lazy man's way out, but does anyone out there know FOR SURE? I have lots of opinions, I need a definitive answer.
Thanks in advance!

Lori Stevens
Media Librarian
Utah Valley State College Library
800 W. University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058