Re: [Videolib] Use of Film Clips in Presentation

Gary Daniels (
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 14:02:31 -0500

Here's a good guide to Best Practices in Fair Use:

And always remember the 10% rule. When copying music, only 10% or 30 seconds
(whichever is less) is considered a "fair use." In motion media, no more
than 10% or 3 minutes (whichever is less) can be copied for fair use.

In other words, you can't show a 10-15 minute clip from one of these movies
and consider it a fair use. You could show a 3 minute clip and then talk
about it for 10 or 15 minutes, describing what else happens, etc.
Other limits:

*text - up to 10% or 1000 words, whichever is less
*poem - up to 250 words, but further limited to:
-three poems or portions of poems by one poet; or
-five poems or portions of poems by different poets from an anthology

*photos and images - up to 5 works from one author; up to 10% or 15 works,
whichever is less, from a collection
*database information - up to 10% or 2500 fields or cell entries, whichever
is less

Time limit on fair use: 2 years from completion of the multimedia work

Here's a link for the source of the above info:

-Gary C. Daniels
Native American Educational Videos

On 1/17/06 5:01 PM, "Sue Parks" <> wrote:

> All,
> Instructors in our Sport Psychology Department are compiling a list of
> movies and scenes they want to use in their educational sport psychology
> presentations. They would like to use the scenes to illustrate some of
> the sport psychology topics (e.g., attaining goals, being confident)
> they discuss during their presentations. These presentations are to
> coaches, athletes, and other related personnel and tend to be at the
> high school and college level. They do some introductory presentations
> for which they do not charge, though they also do presentations for
> which they charge. Will they need to license the use of these clips, or
> does this fall under fair use for the purpose of commentary and
> criticism?
> Thanks for any guidance,
> Sue
> Sue Parks
> Head, Media Library
> University of North Texas
> P.O. Box 305190
> Denton, TX 76203-5190
> Phone: 940.369.7249
> Fax: 940.369.7396
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