Re: [Videolib] Respecting another country's copyright laws regarding

Susan Weber (
Wed, 18 Oct 2006 10:28:02 -0700

The copyright convention that exists in the country of use, in your case
the U.S.,
is the law that applies to the situation.
U.S. law allows a Home use video to be used in face-to-face teaching,
the home use video that you bought from a foreign vendor is permissible to
be used in teaching in the U.S.
It is an unfair convention for us in Canada, as we have to buy
public performance rights for face-to-face use, but you, in the U.S. do not
have to do the same.


Christopher Lewis wrote:

> If a home-use video is purchased from, say, the UK Amazon or
> Videoflicks in Canada, it probably shouldn't be used for face-to-face
> teaching since that provision isn't included in the copyright laws of
> the countries where the videos originated, correct?
> We've purchased a fair number of videos from overseas vendors and
> haven't been restricting them from classroom use but now I'm starting
> to wonder.
> Chris Lewis
> Media Librarian/Acting Assistant University Librarian for Information
> Services
> American University Library
> 202.885.3257


Susan Weber, Media Librarian

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