[Videolib] Streaming video rights for 1 class

Jeanne Little (jeanne.little@uni.edu)
Tue, 03 Oct 2006 14:09:37 -0500

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Getting permission to video stream is not as easy as it might seem.
Based on my experiences, even if the videos are not feature films, each
and every one needs to have the copyright holder or distributor rights
holder contacted for permission to stream these videos. It can be
time-consuming tracking down the appropriate contacts. The cost and
period of use vary widely. I usually search for the title on OhioLink or
another free cataloging source to locate the producer and/or distributor
and start there, unless I know of a source that handles the titles already.

Some smaller distributors are willing to work with you and might give
you permission without charge for a specified period of time. Others
charge per semester, or on a one-time use only basis.
Password-protecting the ability to view is helpful but doesn't always
make a difference in the price, or whether permission is granted. Costs
vary greatly.

I have developed an email template that I use to ask all of the
questions I need to have answered and modify it accordingly. This can
save time with correspondence. (We also ask about cable-casting rights,
public performance rights, and closed-circuit broadcast rights for our
distance education students) If you would like a copy of my email
template respond to me off-list and I can send it to you.

Good luck! You will probably need it.

Jeanne Little

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