It's also worth bearing in mind that for practical purposes, the words
'fair use' only have any kind of magic in the United States.  Although the
Berne Convention does provide for the stipulations of the copyright law in
which a film was originally registered applying to all signatory nations,
the big studios get round this by registering films separately for
copyright purposes in all the nations they operate in.

So 'fair use' might allow you to (for example) capture a frame from a video
and stick it in a Powerpoint slide which is then shown to a class of
undergrads in New York, but if you then took that presentation to London
and showed it, you'd probably be committing an offence.


Dr. Leo Enticknap
Director, Northern Region Film and Television Archive
School of Arts and Media
University of Teesside
Middlesbrough  TS1 3BA
United Kingdom
Tel. +44-(0)1642 384022
Fax. +44-(0)1642 384099
Brainfryer: +44-(0)7710 417383

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