[Videolib] Copyright--again, apologies to all in advance

John Streepy (John.Streepy@cwu.EDU)
Tue, 13 Apr 2004 10:02:49 -0700

Hello all,
I am still trying to get a handle on fair use and copyright priviledges
with moving image material. Please bear with me. Are the following
correct interpretations of fair use:

Fair use:
Prof wants to show a small portion of a video in a non classroom event
for the purpose of illustrating a point. Clip taken directly from the
source not a reproduction.
Prof wants to show a film in class and makes it a class requirement
that the students invite others not taking the class to come and

Not fair use:
Prof wants to show a film in class, and invites by way of campus
announcement any one else who wants to come to bolster discussion.
Prof wants to show whole movies in a film series not connected to any
class (or for that matter is connected to a class), and wants to have
discussions afterwards connected with the theme of the series.

In all cases the prof would argue that they are all educational

Does any one know of a resource that has situations listed like this
and says whether the situation could fit fair use, a sort of fair use
matrix for showing moving image materials? If there isn't, is it a good
idea to make one, with the caveat that there is always gray areas?


John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
Central Washington University Library
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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

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