Re: Indian in the Cupboard

Stan Diamond (
Tue, 30 Jan 1996 13:39:03 -0500

I totally disagree with your interpretation. Section 110 of the
copyright law clearly states that one may use any legally aquired video in
a face to face teaching situation without regard to copyright. Below is the
actual quote from the law. If you are referring to the recent case of the
disney suit, I believe that the schools in question were for profit
institutions. (ie. day care centers.)

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 [17 USCS § 106], the
following are not
infringements of copyright:

(1) performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the
course of face-to-face
teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a
classroom or similar place
devoted to instruction, unless, in the case of a motion picture or
other audiovisual work,
the performance, or the display of individual images, is given by
means of a copy that
was not lawfully made under this title [17 USCS §§ 101 et
seq.], and that the
person responsible for the performance knew or had reason to believe
was not lawfully

I differ with Scott's answer. Showing of home video in classrooms is a
>violation of copyright. Schools in our area have become very concerned with
>violating copyright and have begun to strictly enforce the for home use only
>rules in their classroom to avoid in problem with film production companies.
>Joel Jones
>Kansas City P.L.