Copyright: Frequently Asked Questions
Can an instructor make an archival copy of his/her commercial video/DVD/slide/audio cassette?
Answer: No, unless you request permission to do so. The only exception is for computer software. The license agreement for software usually states that you have the right to load the software on one computer and make a back-up copy. However, the law does allow you to convert an obsolete format such as VHS or DVD if a replacement cannot be purchased in the marketplace.
Obsolete is defined by DMCA as, "The machine or device necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace." As of this writing, VHS is not yet considered obsolete.
If your video copy is damaged the only option is to repair the damaged video or purchase a new copy.
Source: Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998, Section 404
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- Can I tape a program on television and show it to my class?
- Can an instructor rent a video/DVD from a local rental store to show it in class?
- Can an instructor make an archival copy of his/her commercial video/DVD/slide/audio cassette?
- Can an instructor make a duplicate copy of a video/DVD from the
Library's collection to show in class?
- Can an instructor copy clips from various videos to one compilation video that s/he can use in the classroom?
- Can an instructor show a film to his/her student group on campus?
- Can the college show a film in a public area at no cost to its students?
- Can an instructor convert his/her video to DVD to show to an on-campus class?