- No films or videotapes may be copied without the written permission from, or a license agreement with the producer.
- Copyrighted slide programs, audio tapes and film-strips may not be copied without written permission of the copyright holder.
- Taping of copyrighted off-air broadcasts for permanent retention will not be done without either permission from the copyright holder or the payment of a required fee for the rights. The Audio-Visual Department in Computing and Telecommunications will follow the guidelines for off-air taping of broadcast television programs as outlined in the Congressional Record, October 14, 1981. The guidelines and an example of a sample permission request follow.
Guidelines for Off-Air Taping of Broadcast Television Programs
From Congressional Record, October 14, 1981
The following guidelines apply only to off-air recordings by non profit educational institutions:
- A broadcast program may be recorded off-air simultaneously with broadcast trans mission (including simultaneous cable re-transmission) and retained by a non-profit educational institution for a period not to exceed forty-five (45) calendar days after date of recording. Upon conclusion of such retention period, all off-air recordings must be erased or destroyed immediately. "Broadcast programs" are television programs transmitted by television stations for reception by the general public without charge.
- Off-air recordings may be used by individual teachers in the course of relevant teaching activities, and repeated once only when instructional reinforcement is necessary, in classrooms and similar places devoted to instruction within a single building, cluster or campus, as well as in the homes of students receiving formalized home instruction, during the first ten (10) consecutive school days in the forty-five day calendar day retention period.
- Off-air recordings may be made only at the request of and used by individual teachers, and may not be regularly recorded in anticipation of requests. No broadcast program may be recorded off-air more than once at the request of the same teacher, regardless of the number of times the program may be broadcast.
- A limited number of copies may be reproduced from each off-air recording to meet the legitimate needs of teachers under these guidelines. Each such additional copy shall be subject to all provisions governing the original recording.
- After the first ten consecutive school days, off-air recordings may be used up to the end of the forty-give calendar day retention period only for teacher evaluation pur poses, i.e., to determine whether or not to include the broadcast program in the teaching curriculum, and may not be used in the recording institution for student exhibition or any other nonevaluation purpose without authorization.
- Off-air recordings need not be used in their entirety, but the recorded programs may not be altered from their original content. Off-air recordings may not be physically or electronically combined or merged to constitute teaching anthologies or compilations.
- All copies of off-air recordings must include the copyright notice on the broadcast program as recorded.
- Educational institutions are expected to establish appropriate control procedures to maintain the integrity of these guidelines.