UCB Libraries

Copyright

FAQs on Copyright: Video

  1. Question: I wish to show a copyrighted DVD/videocassette to my class in its entirety.  Is this permissible?

  2. Question: I have a DVD/Videotape/CD/etc I wish to place on reserve at the library, but I'm afraid it will be damaged in the process.  May I have a copy made and place the copy on reserve instead?

  3. Question: I would like to place excerpts of various DVDs/Videocassettes/CDs/etc on reserve.  Is this possible and is there help available for creating a compilation of these excerpts?

  4. Question: May I place on reserves at the library a DVD, video tape, music CD, etc which I own?

  5. Question: What if the DVD, video tape, etc has a label on it that says "for home use only," "individual use only," or other such language?

 


 

Question: I wish to show a copyrighted DVD/videocassette to my class in its entirety.  Is this permissible?

Answer: The video is being shown for instructional purposes at a non-profit, educational institution and students are not being charged fees to view the video.  This qualifies as fair use.

Question: I have a DVD/Videotape/CD/etc I wish to place on reserve at the library, but I'm afraid it will be damaged in the process.  May I have a copy made and place the copy on reserve instead?

Answer: No.  Unfortunately, there is no provision in the Copyright Law for making a copy in order to prevent damage to the original, within a course reserves setting.  If the potential for damage is a concern, we recommend purchasing an additional copy to place on reserve.  The University Libraries is currently conducting a pilot project of videostreaming, which may offer additional options in the future.

Question: I would like to place excerpts of various DVDs/Videocassettes/CDs/etc on reserve.  Is this possible and is there help available for creating a compilation of these excerpts?

Answer: Generally, Fair Use does allow excerpts ("clips") of audiovisual material to be placed on reserve, although large amounts may require that a Fair Use analysis be made.  The Libraries Systems department can provide assistance in putting together a compilation of clips for faculty use on course reserves.

Question: May I place on reserves at the library a DVD, video tape, music CD, etc which I own?

Answer: Yes.  Assuming the DVD, etc is a lawfully acquired original (i.e., not a copy which you have made), the right of First Sale allows you to do this without asking for permission or paying any fees.

Question: What if the DVD, video tape, etc has a label on it that says "for home use only," "individual use only," or other such language?

Answer: Unless you have signed a license (including a "click through" license, if applicable), then the content owner has no legal right to limit your usage.
The right of First Sale, absent a more restrictive license, allows you to place the material on reserve, use it for your class, etc.

 

This site is not intended to provide legal advice about copyright.