RE: Questionable copyright advice

Joel Jones - Video Librarian/CAS (MA_JOEL@KCPL.LIB.MO.US)
Thu, 11 Apr 1996 8:44:37 -0500 (CDT)

My wife is a public school teacher and is running into what I believe is a
misinformed policy from her administration. Her school district does not allow
teachers to show any videos in the classroom unless they have purchased the
public peformance rights. This includes videos that directly support the
curriculum. The district claims the reason for this policy is that company's
such as A&E and Disney are filing lawsuits against school districts across the
country. This policy completely ignores the Face to Face learning situation
clause in the copyright law.

This is just one example of how schools are overreacting to parionia over
copyright.

Joel Jones
Kansas City Public Library