RE: media copyright question

Laroi Lawton (
Fri, 4 Oct 2002 12:05:11 -0700 (PDT)

First, if you are the person who gives the video to a faculty member, is it assumed that he or she is showing the item in a classroom situation. For the most part, I think many of us make that assumption without asking the question. Many of our Instructors indicate at the outset that they would like to present a particular title because it is being discussed in a chapter of whatever text they are using- clearly instructional here. On the other hand, we had a student activity day recently, and our Office of Student Activities wanted to borrow a video to show in our large auditorium. When asked for what purpose, they replied entertainment purposes only. We refused, based on the copyright law at hand since we were clearly advised as to the purpose of showing the film. I interpreted it as follows: I was told by the person the reason for showing the video. It was not a class instruction but movie type situation-even though the title "Amistad" is used in part with one of our history courses
. I could be held liable along with the student services. And since the college administration floundered over the issue, I decided no.

LaRoi Lawton
Bronx Community College
Library & Learning Resources Dept.
Bronx, NY 10453

-----Original Message-----
From: Francis C Poole [mailto:fpoole@UDel.Edu]
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2002 2:34 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: media copyright question

If the library provides a video to a faculty member or student who
then shows the video in violation of copyright law...who is responsible
and thus liable for the infringement? I'm specifically referring to a
situation where the video would be shown outside the library to a campus
audience though not in a strictly classroom--teaching situation. Thanks
for any followup responses. Francis Poole, Media Librarian, U of Delaware

On Fri, 4 Oct 2002, Jessica Rosner wrote:

> Ok I'm game cause this one is easy
> 100% you will need to pay them) ANY PUBLIC SCREENING requires permission
> TO DO WITH IF ADMISSION IS CHARGED. The ONLY exception in copyright law
> for showing an entire feature film is when it is in the FACE TO FACE and
> CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION, meaning that it is STRICTLY LIMITED to students
> enrolled in a SPECIFIC CLASS.
> This is absolutely totally BASIC copyright law and kind of hoped we were
> past these kinds of questions .
> Jessica Rosner
> Kino International
> 333 W 39th St. 503
> NY NY 10018
> > From: Rhonda Rosen <>
> > Reply-To:
> > Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 10:50:37 -0700 (PDT)
> > To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> > Subject: media copyright question
> >
> > I sent this message the other day, but never actually
> > received it myself, and didn't see any responses, so i
> > was wondering if 1) either it went out and nobody
> > answered because it was a stupid question, or 2)I'm
> > just not receiving messages from the listserve which
> > happens occasionally....
> > So, pardon me if this is redundant, but i would like
> > to try again....Rhonda
> >
> > Hi everyone -
> > I'm sure everyone is totally bored by simple copyright
> > questions, and i'm sure i should know this but i'm not
> > sure exactly how to answer -
> > a faculty member in the foreign language dept. wants
> > to have a international film festival showing some of
> > our library videos. they want to know if this is
> > "legal".
> >
> > i understand that this is no longer a "face-to-face"
> > teaching experience visa "Fair Use";
> > the film festival would not be open to the
> > public--they mostly want to open it to the modern
> > language classes, but are possibly thinking about
> > making open to others on campus also;
> > No charge for attending.
> > and, last but not least, realize that if they get 100
> > people, it would be amazing -we are a small campus.
> >
> > so, whattya think -would i have to get permission from
> > copyright holders?
> >
> > thanks,
> > Rhonda Rosen
> > Loyola Marymount University
> >
> >
> >
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