Re: Videos in the Classroom

Video Librarian (
Thu, 5 Oct 1995 16:02:36 -0700 (PDT)


I agree absolutely with your description of the face-to-face teaching
exemption. However, I would think that it would be quite reasonable to
argue that a "Winnie the Pooh" program could be used under that
exemption. Since most of the Pooh videos deal with elementary
introductions to basic values, and since topics like fairness, etc.
would be naturally part of a kindergarten curriculum, it makes sense to
me. Now, if the video in question were an episode of "Mighty Morphin
Power Rangers" I'd be hard put to argue any educational use.

Randy Pitman

Video Librarian

On Thu, 5 Oct 1995, Kino International wrote:

> It would be hard to argue that WINNIE THE POOH was being used for teaching
> purposes to kindergardeners. Any standard classroom teaching use would be
> OK.
> The FACE TO FACE exemption isn't that complicated. If the video is being
> used in a course limited to a specific group of enrolled students, it
> should not be a problem. No matter what a distributor tells you, if you
> purchase a legal copy of the title, it is covered by the exemption for
> classroom use. The two tiered pricing can't be enforced, because once a
> title is available to the general market it is available for classroom. You
> may be forced to buy a tape with PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS if the tape is
> not available any other way. You should check carefully before you buy.
> Many libraries want Public Performance Rights so the tapes can be used for
> public screenings or an campus cable systems.
> Jessica Rosner
> Kino International
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