Sunday, October 26, 2008

Using Movie Clips In The Classroom

If a teacher is teaching a unit on mysteries, can she/he show short movie "clips" from several mysteries to the class?

The teacher can show clips from mysteries to his/her class if the tapes are set to show the clip on every separate tape that he/she is showing the class. For example, press "play", watch the clip, pop out the tape and put the next tape in.

The teacher would NOT be able to make a new tape with just clips of famous mystery movies. That would be considered making an anthology and is against copyright laws.

Taping Television Programs For Class Use

Consider the following scenarios:

An English teacher wants to tape this weekend's ABC's broadcast of the movie Romeo and Juliet to show her class at the end of their Shakespeare unit.

The swimming coach wants to tape all of the Olympic swimming events to show his swim team the proper strokes.

A 60 Minutes program on living on budgets is appropriate for a business/economics class.

Can these teachers use these programs in class??

The first thing to consider is what channel is it from? If it is from a regular broadcast station ( ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, etc.) You have 10 SCHOOL DAYS from when you tape the program to use the program.

You may keep the taped program for 45 CONSECUTIVE DAYS total in which you can evaluate the program for possible purchase. After the 45 days, the program must be erased. Yes, erased! The teacher may not keep it for a similar unit she may be teaching next year.

Programs broadcast by satellite or cable may not be taped for school use without getting the permission of the copyright holder.