[Videolib] Sports copyright question

Gail Fedak (gfedak@mtsu.edu)
Tue, 7 Mar 2006 17:54:11 -0600

This question is probably a stretch for this forum, but I thought someone
here might be able to provide insight. Please respond off-list if you
prefer. From time to time, some of our coaches have asked me to duplicate
"team films" that are circulated among coaches in order to prepare for an
upcoming game. As best I can determine from questioning the coaches about
the source of these films, they are recorded by somebody or multiple
somebodies in attendance at an institution's games (football, basketball,
etc.) without commentary, advertising, background music, etc. It seems that
these films are then bicycled around from one school to another to be
duplicated, viewed, analyzed. The coaches have said, "Oh, it's done all the
time. Our equipment is down at the moment, or we'd do it ourselves." The
latest request was for one of these films to be duplicated from VHS to DVD
for the aforementioned purposes. I'd like to be helpful, but but have so
far declined because I've not been able to placate my doubts about how
copyright law/guidelines sift out on this. Have any of you had this type of
request? How did you respond and why? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Gail B. Fedak, Manager
Instructional Media Resources
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
phone 615-898-2740
fax 615-898-2530
email gfedak@mtsu.edu
web www.mtsu.edu/~imr

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