The document that would help you is the SCMS 'Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use in Teaching for Film & Media Educators.' It explains and clarifies US copyright law in the area and describes the key exemptions which allow educators to make clips from films for teaching.
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From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Glassmeyer, Danielle
Sent: Fri 27/02/2009 21:50
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] 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

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