Re: [Videolib] VHS to DVD for classroom use?

From: Shoaf,Judith P <jshoaf@ufl.edu>
Date: Mon Nov 02 2009 - 13:00:10 PST

There is a distinction between exceptions for educational use (face-to-face teaching) and the exceptions for online instruction. These are exceptions to the RULE that it is illegal to digitize analog materials. So the rule is: no change of format, no digitization.
For the online course, a digital copy (not a DVD but a streaming video) is necessary, right? You can’t stream a VHS copy. Therefore digitizing (at least of part of a film) is legal, but there is no exception allowing one to make a playable DVD of the digitized item.
For use in a bricks-and-mortar classroom, a VHS is as good as a DVD (and probably better than a DVD made by digitizing the VHS). It would be legal to make clips but not simply to copy the whole thing over.
The “preservation” exception is pretty specific and has nothing to do with teaching of any kind. It involves library media which can no longer be played because the equipment is no longer maintained by the library (and of course it is legal only if it is impossible to obtain a copy of the media in a playable format). So it is not applicable to face-to-face teaching unless that occurs in the library itself and that library has no VHS players available.
The law has not addressed the question of what happens when the last VHS player on campus dies.
Why does the professor even want to do this? He doesn’t have a VHS player and he wants to review the movie on his computer before going in to teach?
Judy Shoaf

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