SCREEN-L Archives

March 2009, Week 1


Options: Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Amy Holberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 4 Mar 2009 09:03:25 +0900
text/plain (88 lines)
Hi Danielle,

Check out this article from the Stanford Law Center: . It spells out very clearly the
exemption for film and media studies professors for classroom use. It also
points out the potential grey areas. A search of the US Copyright Office's
website shows that one of the proposed changes is to extend this protection
to professors in any subject, which is the most problematic of the grey
areas pointed out in the article. One thing I realized reading it this time
is that the clips have to come from materials owned by the library or
department (not Netflix or video store rentals).

The reg (and a long explanation of the exemptions) can be found here:

Hope this helps,
Amy Holberg
University of Maryland, University College
Pyongtaek, Korea

PS -- A program called "DVD Shrink" (free online) can be used to arrange the
clips, then you need a burning program like DVD Decrypter or Nero (also
online downloads) to burn the DVDs. Your IT department probably has better
software that will result in more user-friendly compilations, though, if you
can get them to read the regulation and make your DVDs for you.

-----Original Message-----
From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of SCREEN-L automatic digest system
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 3:00 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: SCREEN-L Digest - 25 Feb 2009 to 2 Mar 2009 (#2009-21)

There is 1 message totalling 39 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. making clips....practical matters

For past messages, visit the Screen-L Archives:


Date:    Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:50:33 -0600
From:    "Glassmeyer, Danielle" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: making clips....practical matters

My school's AV/IT support department has just told me that they can't
legally make clips from any film source for any reason due to copyright

Before I say "pish posh", I thought I might ask here...

I need clips from feature films that would fall well under 10 % of total
running time.  I would be using them in classroom and conference
presentation only.  And they are not Disney.  And it's okay with me if
the clips are housed on a password-restricted streaming server.

Three requests 

-- can you all point me toward the current law so I can review what it
says? -- can you all make suggestions about workarounds if you have had
a similar problem?
--can you all help me to figure out what kind of equipment and programs
I would need to do this on my own?  

Thanks in advance for advice and help! 

Danielle Glassmeyer
English Department 
Bradley University

Learn to speak like a film/TV professor! Listen to the ScreenLex


End of SCREEN-L Digest - 25 Feb 2009 to 2 Mar 2009 (#2009-21)

For past messages, visit the Screen-L Archives: