video streaming and copyright

Collette Ford (
Tue, 21 Nov 2000 15:58:10 -0800 (PST)

Dear List Members,

Someone in our academic computing office has posed the following questions about video streaming and copyright. I've searched the list archives for info but would appreciate any additional answers to these. In addition to his questions below, I also want to know: For question 1, I know about the Kastenmeir guidelines for off-air tapes used in classroom teaching, but would they apply to video steaming if delivered to the classroom or classmembers? For question 3, are there special "broadcast" rights as opposed to "public performance rights" which need to be secured for video streaming? In question 3, I'll inform him of the fun we sometimes have trying to determine the copyright holder of videos, but any hints in answer to his question are welcome.

Specific questions for the computing staff member:

1. If an instructor wants his students to watch a particular PBS program,
can I tape this TV broadcast for them and make it available on a web
server and under what circumstances? The video server can be restricted
a. limit availability to locations on campus
b. allow only 1 or any limited number of concurrent streams
c. make the video available only for watching, not saving or copying

2. Same question for the content released on VHS tape or DVD disk.

3. What's the proper way to approach the copyright holder for a release to
do a limited public performance or how to negotiate a reasonable royalty?

Thank you,


Collette Ford
Multimedia Resources Center Librarian
Univ Calif Irvine