Re: Taping from a broadcast.

HIRSCH Bonnie C (
Mon, 28 Oct 1996 09:21:00 -0800

This is interesting. One of my duties is copy cataloging AV from OCLC.
Every so often I run into a record of something that says it was taped
off-air, that has current holdings, and that is dated several years ago.
Does this mean that those holdings are all illegal? I've never run into
a title that didn't also have a record for the commercially purchased
copy I'm cataloging.

Bonnie Hirsch
Eugene (Oregon) Public Library
| From: Judy Jones
| To: Multiple recipients of list
| Subject: Re: Taping from a broadcast.
| Date: Monday, October 28, 1996 7:57AM
| More or less, my interpretation for off-air recording and fair use is
| this: you may, at the faculty member's request, record a program
| off-air. It must be used within 10 days for face-to-face instruction
| and it may be used once more during that time for reinforcement. The
| tape must be destroyed or recycled within 45 days. During that time,
| hopefully one has purchased a legal copy if it is worthy of keeping.
| A copy kept for educational or commercial purposes for two years is
| very illegal.
| Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 04:09:11 -0800
| Reply-to:
| From:
| To: Multiple recipients of list
| Subject: Taping from a broadcast.
| Gary,
| A Question -- A university in North Carolina called to ask if they
| duplicate a video of ours to use in an anthropology class on campus.
| problem -- they did not purchase the tape or rights to use the tape
| Appalshop. Apparently (from a conversation with a professor who
wanted to
| copy the tape) it was taped from a public television broadcast over
two years
| ago and is now being used in their media center.
| What are our rights? I understand that the copying of material from a
| broadcast is legal if it is used an educational setting, but the use
| limited to two weeks following the broadcast.
| As I am fairly new here, and no one else seems to know, what is your
| Is there a large publication in which I can purchase for reference?
I need
| direction.
| Thanks, Carolyn Sturgill, Distributor, Appalshop Film & Video