Re: [Videolib] Fair use of videos

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Wed, 02 Feb 2005 08:09:30 -0800

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The Discovery Channel is idiots (if you'll pardon the weird solecism)

Here's what you do. Buy the title as a personal copy and show it in class
with impunity. You don't need performance rights to show a film or video
in a face-to-face teaching context. Period. Now, if they have license
(i.e. commercial) stipulations that say the film can't be sold to
institutions, that's something else. Very often, agencies such as the DC
try to pass off what is really a business condition as a legal
condition. Phooey!

We buy Discovery Channel stuff all the time...

Gary

At 09:59 AM 2/2/2005 -0500, you wrote:
>Good morning:
>A teacher in my building has requested we purchase the video "Pompeii"
>shown on The Discovery Channel. I called them and was told that it does
>not come with public performance rights and therefore cannot be sold to a
>school. It is my understanding that Fair Use covers the showing of videos
>in classrooms as part of instruction, which is how this would be used. I
>understand that I would need PPR if I were to show it in the auditorium
>for entertainment.
>Help?
>Mary Seligman
>Library Media Specialist
>Paul D. Schreiber High School
>Port Washington, NY

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

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"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
--Ted Berrigan
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The Discovery Channel is idiots (if you'll pardon the weird solecism)

Here's what you do.  Buy the title as a personal copy and show it in class with impunity.  You don't need performance rights to show a film or video in a face-to-face teaching context.  Period.  Now, if they have license (i.e. commercial) stipulations that say the film can't be sold to institutions, that's something else.  Very often, agencies such as the DC try to pass off what is really a business condition as a legal condition.  Phooey!

We buy Discovery Channel stuff all the time...

Gary


At 09:59 AM 2/2/2005 -0500, you wrote:

Good morning:
A teacher in my building has requested we purchase the video "Pompeii" shown on The Discovery Channel.  I called them and was told that it does not come with public performance rights and therefore cannot be sold to a school.  It is my understanding that Fair Use covers the showing of videos in classrooms as part of instruction, which is how this would be used.  I understand that I would need PPR if I were to show it in the auditorium for entertainment.
Help?
Mary Seligman
Library Media Specialist
Paul D. Schreiber High School
Port Washington, NY

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

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"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
               --Ted Berrigan

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