Throughout my undergraduate studies in communications I faced these
"hairsplitting" questions on a weekly basis, just to do projects. While I am
not an authority on the subject (and should be by now), these questions
would be answered in the copyright act, section 107 (I think). However, the
easiest method to deal with the complexities of media copyright is to
contact a media lawyer, who would handel all the details.
From: "Mike Boedicker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
Subject: Rights question
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 10:30:47 -0800 (PST)
Gene Hackman is a Danville native, and when he receives the Lifetime
Achievement Award at the Golden Globes later this month, a local performing
arts center is having a party to celebrate; it's also a fundraiser for the
center's restoration. They'll have a large-screen TV tuned to the G.G.
broadcast when Hackman accepts the award, but they also want to show clips
from some of his films intermittently through the night. What they had in
mind was copying these clips onto a VHS compilation tape. I told them that
such copying would be illegal.
However, what if the individual (legally-purchased but home license) videos
were cued up to the correct spots beforehand and shown? I know it's not an
educational setting, but they're talking about 1 or 2-minute clips from some
of his best-known films, interspersed w/ a local person discussing the film.
Is there a formula for clip length/percentage of total running time? And
would there be a limit on the total number of clips allowed -- i.e. would
ten 1-minute clips be considered 10 minutes total and thus not allowed, or
are the individual lengths what is considered? Am I splitting hairs???
Audiovisual Director & Webmaster
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230
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