All Information on this page and more can be found in "Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians".
Videotapes, DVDs: Classroom Use
Purchasing, renting, or borrowing from the library a legally made copy of a videotape or DVD does not give the person in possession of the video or DVD the right to show that work to others. The copyright owner determines the circumstances in which the work may be performed. However, use of this type of media in a nonprofit educational institution is allowed, without obtaining permission, under certain conditions as specified in Section 110 (1) of the Copyright Act of 1976 and in House Report (94-1476).
There must be a direct relationship between the videotape or DVD and the course. Videos and DVDs, even in a face-to-face classroom setting, may not be used for entertainment or recreation, whatever the work's intellectual content.
Videotapes, DVDs: Use Outside the Classroom
Videos and DVDs, owned by the University, may be viewed by students, faculty, and staff at workstations or in small group rooms in the Library. Faculty members may also checkout videos and DVDs for viewing at home. Videos or DVDs which are to be shown to a larger audience as part of a special program, lecture series, etc. require permission from the copyright owner for public performance rights. Copying a videotape or DVD without the copyright owner's permission is illegal.
U.S. Copyright Office. (n.d.). Circular 21: Reproduction of copyrighted works by educators and librarians. Retrieved from
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