Showing videos and DVDs
In general, the use of an original DVD or video in a face-to-face classroom environment at a non-profit educational institution is permissible, however, the Consortium of College and University Media Centers developed a set of specific guidelines for the use of such materials.
Exceptions for Instructors etool
This tool allows you to work through whether your in-class use (including online instruction) of copyrighted materials is exempt under copyright law, including the TEACH Act. This is separate from a fair use analysis.
Wellesley College Copyright Policy
Wellesley College has a succinct section in their copyright policy that may be helpful.
In general, rules regarding music copyright deal mostly with the copying and public performance of musical works. The Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia from House Report 94-1476 may be helpful.
In general, the display of lawfully made copyrighted images in a face-to-face classroom environment at a non-profit educational institution is permissible; however, greater restrictions apply to the reproduction of copyrighted images. You may find the Wellesley College Copyright Site to be useful.
Creating Multimedia Works
The Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia covers educational material created by faculty as part of curriculum-based instruction, or by students as part of an assignment, whether face-to-face, self-directed study, or at a distance. The Guidelines also provide provisions for inclusion of copyrighted multimedia as part of conference presentations or professional portfolios. Limitations are based on time, portion, copying, and distribution.
According to these Guidelines, instructors should limit the use of the educational multimedia projects containing copyrighted material to a period of two years after the first instructional use. However, the limitations on copying may alter this time period.
Guidance for the amount of material that can be copied, performed, displayed (taken from the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia).
- Motion media (e.g., video): Up to 10% or 3 minutes, whichever is less.
- Text material: Up to 10% or 1000 words, whichever is less
- Music, Lyrics, Music Video: Up to 10%, but no more than 30 seconds.
- Illustrations, Photographs No more than 5 images from an artist/photographer, or no more than 10% or 15 works from a published collective work.
- Numerical Data Sets (e.g. databases): Up to 10% or 2500 fields, whichever is less.