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TV, Film, Videos and DVDs

Viewing in Class

Films, videos and DVDs (including programmes recorded from television) may be shown in lectures, seminars and tutorials for the purposes of instruction, and it does not matter whether the film, video or DVD was purchased or hired. There is a special defence in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act which allows for film and video to be shown in an educational establishment without first having to get the permission of the copyright holder. As long as the showing is for instruction and is only delivered to students on your course, this defence will apply.

Copying

Copying films or other programmes from pre-recorded DVD or video is strictly forbidden unless permission to do so has been obtained from the copyright holder. Never upload films on to the Web (including Blackboard) that you have downloaded for personal home use as this is a form of piracy and could have serious consequences for both you and the University.

Extracts

Putting together a compilation of extracts on DVD or CD for criticism, review or for the purposes of assessment is acceptable so long as the extracts are not longer than is necessary to demonstrate the point. Don't make the compilation from your personal film collection (digital or otherwise) but rather copy extracts from ERA licensed resources (see Recording broadcasts using the ERA licence). Such compilations may only be shown in class or for the students' personal use for the purposes of the assignment, and may not be uploaded to Blackboard or the Web. If you wish to do this, please contact the Multimedia Manager who will be able to arrange this for you.

Off-Air Recordings (Broadcasts)

The University holds an ERA licence which permits the recording of broadcasts from a set range of channels and also the lending of those recordings to staff and students. See Recording broadcasts using the ERA licence for more information about what you may do with off-air recordings.

Format Shifting

If you have a VHS video and want to convert this to a DVD, please note that format shifting is not permitted under current copyright law. It is hoped that this will change in the future, but for now you must abide by the law. If you do want to convert a VHS to DVD, check the following:

1. Is there a DVD commercially available? If so, you must purchase this.

2. Was the content of the VHS broadcast on terrestrial television? If so, the Library / ITS can convert the VHS to DVD under the terms of the ERA licence.

If neither of the above apply, you will have to contact the copyright holder for permission before you convert the VHS to DVD. Please use the Permissions request template or contact the Copyright & Compliance Officer who will be able to organise it for you.

 

Things to do now

See Recording broadcasts using the ERA licence

 

Contact the Multimedia Manager Natalie Guest

 

Contact the Copyright & Compliance Officer

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