Re: FREE Copyright/Fair Use/Public Perf. Info Feedback

Chip Taylor (
Fri, 31 Mar 2000 05:32:54 -0800 (PST)

Hello Elizabeth (and others with Fair Use/Public Performance info need),

As President of AIME (, I recommend membership there.
I and the Board of Directors serve on a volunteer basis.
The Executive Director is Betty Gorsegner and will be happy to send you
The AIME newsletter, which features Washington DC copyright attorney,
Arnold Lutzker,
addresses these issues contstantly. Also the video I produced with Mr.
Lutzker would be very helpful: "Copyright: The Internet, Multimedia and the
Law" - see
under TITLES or (Internet & Technology Series under SERIES).
AIME members receive a significant discount for this video.

Also, April at CTC is "Copyright Awareness Month" and for customers who
utilize Public Performance and order 5+ videos @ List (see ORDERING INFO),
they receive a FREE One Year Membership to AIME as their Value-Added Bonus.
If you need further details please contact me at:

Chip Taylor, President

-----Original Message-----
From: Elizabeth Fries <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2000 5:33 PM
Subject: Need Copyright Links

>Hello all!
>Can anyone recommend links on copyright law relating specifically to public
>performance vs. fair use that is clear and easy to understand? I seem to
>remember someone recently posted a site that was extremely helpful, but I
>may have accidentally deleted it.
>I am constantly debating public performance and fair use with faculty and
>students, especially when it comes to showing a home video copy of a
>movie that they want to screen to the entire campus. Most believe this is
>acceptable fair use because it is within an educational environment.
>Students believe it is ok if you don't charge for the screening.
>Having worked in distribution, I know what the law states, what the
>restrictions are, and can understand how Title 17 can be misinterpreted.
>can I educate our faculty and students to a more correct interpretation? I
>feel it is vital that our film students understand the importance of
>protecting their own work, while respecting the work of others. When
>are concerned, it is usually a co-sponsored screening with a student
>organization, and they feel if a faculty member is involved, this is still
>within fair use guidelines.
>They don't understand that it must be within a face-to-face teaching
>situation, be part of the curriculum, only be shown to students enrolled in
>the class...etc. How can I make this more clear?
>Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
>Many thanks,
>Liz Fries-LeDoux, Program Coordinator
>Brooklyn College-CUNY
>Department of Film
>2900 Bedford Avenue
>Brooklyn, NY 11210
>(718) 951-5664