Let’s start at the beginning with some rules for schools using a video without Public Performance Rights:
It must be used by a nonprofit institution.
It must be shown by teachers and students in a regularly scheduled class.
It must be shown in a classroom or other instructional place.
It must be shown from a legally acquired (purchased or rented) copy of the program.
It must be directly related to the lesson at hand.
What about uploading an entire video to the school’s server?
It is okay if…
• it is in the public domain (no copyright holder can be found)
• it is 100% student or teacher created
• the school has permission from the copyright holder
Uploading a copyrighted DVD to the school’s server could be considered a duplication or a public performance and would, therefore, violate copyright laws.
What about videos recorded from the television? • A broadcast program, but not a cablecast program, may be recorded off-air and retained by a non-profit educational institution for 45 days. After 45 days it must be destroyed. • Off-air recordings must be used once during the first 10 days by individual teachers in the course of relevant teaching activities, and repeated once if necessary. • Off-air recordings may not be regularly recorded in anticipation of requests. • All copies of off-air recordings must include the copyright notice on the broadcast program as recorded. • Excerpts may be used in class, but the programs may not be altered or electronically combined with other work.
What about inserting portions of legally acquired videos into mashups (digital composites)? This is okay if…
The use of the material is transformative in nature.
The material taken was appropriate in kind and amount.
The new use does not cause excessive economic harm to the original creator.
Not really...fair use is flexible 1. the purpose and character of the use 2. the nature of the copyrighted work 3. the amount and substantiality of copying 4. the market effect *Courts look at the following when deciding if the benefit is greater than the economic loss to the copyright holder:
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