Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 09:10:01 -0700
From: Bruce Gelder bgelder[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CAMEL.SIM.ES.COM
Subject: Re: Unauth Index to "American Tongues" - Improvements Invited
On the subject of buying videotapes versus taping them from tv, I have
a question: A colleague of mine (who teaches our film course and is
very much into the video scene in general) claims that it's perfectly
legal to tape anything you want to from tv and show it to your classes.
I've argued that that doesn't make sense, at least with videos that are
sold -- e.g., "American Tongues." If it's legal to tape from tv, why
would people buy the tapes?
I'm not an attorney, and there are probably several of you out there who
can clarify this better, but here's my understanding:
The difference lies in "fair use." The Supreme Court has upheld the right
of people to tape from their own TVs for their own use. Once you play the
tape in a different forum, however, such as a classroom, it's no longer
fair use, so it would be considered an infringement of copyright law.
In other words, it's legal to tape from your TV; it's not legal to play
the tape in class. That's the way I understand it, anyway. If I'm wrong,
please straighten me out.
(bgelder[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]es.com)