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Copyright: VIDEO & DVD'S

Video, DVD's and Copyright

Video's,  DVD's and the Copyright Act.

The Copyright Revision Act of 1976 governs the rights of reproduction, adaptation, distribution, public performance, and display.


Important Information


1. Owning a Video  Owning Coypright

When libraries purchase Videos and DVD's for loan in their collections although they own the physical object, they do not own the copyright. Copyright still remains with the "Content Author" or "Producer" and it goverened by the Copyright Revision Act of 1976.


2.Owning a VIdeo Having the right to hold a public viewing.

Unless a library purchases a video that comes with public performance rights, it is illegal for the library  or faculty to use that video for in-house viewing or programs that do not satisfy "Fair Use"

3. Fair Use authorizes the use of Videos and DVD's under particular circumstances. See "Fair Use"  Section 107 US Copyright Act.

FAIR USE Responsibilities

Library Responsibility

  • Libraries should not obscure (i.e., cover or deface) the copyright notice as it appears on the producer's label.
  • Libraries should not knowingly loan a video to groups for use in public performances. If a patron inquires about a planned performance of a video, he or she should be informed that only private uses of it are lawful.

Patron's Responsiblity

The person borrowing the Video or DVD is responsible for compliance with Copyright Law.

  • The performance must be by instructors or by pupils.
  • The performance is in connection with face-to-face teaching activities.
  • The entire audience is involved in the teaching activity.
  • The entire audience is in the same room or same general area.
  • The teaching activities are conducted by a non-profit education institution.
  • The performance takes place in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction.
  • The person responsible for the performance has no reason to believe that the videotape was unlawfully made.


This information is taken from ALA Library Fact Sheet #7- Video and Copyright.



Movie Licensing Information

Movie Licensing USA

Motion Picture Licensing Corporation




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