Holy cow, as I have been researching how copyright law influences what we are allowed to videotape of off the TV, I realize I may need to add a law degree to my arsenal. A few facts...If you are taping from normal channels that you can get with an antenna (ABC, NBC,CBS, FOX) you have TEN school days from the taping to use the program (Though in a few months, antennas won't work). You may then have 45 calendar days to keep the tape for evaluation and to decide if you want to purchase it. After that the tape must be destroyed (or erased), unless explicit copyright permission has been received.
The taping of satellite or cable stations requires a research of the copyright holders permission requirements. Many cable stations offer publications that can be used to find out your rights. The link to Cable in the Classroom in the upper left corner takes you to some FAQs on their site.
Taping by a librarian is fine, however it must be done upon request, not in anticipation of needing the tape in the future. And here's the catch, the same teacher can't request the same program to be taped multiple times. The second taping requires permission from the copyright holder.
OK, I have a headache now, and my new question is...with the advent of the digital age, especially U-Tube and network websites, many shows can be viewed over the internet. How does that affect copyright law and public performance? I'll let you know.
6 years ago