[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
participate.

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
situations.

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?

Thanks
jhs

John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
Central Washington University Library
400 E. 8th AVE
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

(509) 963-2861
http://www.lib.cwu.edu/media
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