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Ursuline College Copyright Policy

For Administrators, Faculty, and Staff
Pre-Recorded Video

Copyrighted video or audio materials owned by Ursuline College may be used as part of regular face-to-face classroom instruction solely for students enrolled in a specific course and their instructor in a place devoted to instruction (library, classroom, auditorium, etc.) Borrowed materials, including “For Home Use Only” versions, may also be used as part of regular classroom instruction. Pre-recorded video materials from a faculty member’s own collection may also be used in face-to-face instruction. No charge may be assessed for such a use.

Whether a fee is charged or not, copyrighted video materials may not be shown outside of regular classroom instruction or in a place not devoted to instruction without the permission of the copyright holder. Showing video materials in a public room as part of an entertainment or cultural program, whether for an admission fee or not, would constitute a copyright violation, unless a performance license is obtained from the copyright owner. Audio Visual (AV) Services staff will provide a service of researching (where possible) the costs for purchase of Public Broadcast rights for materials to be shown to the public as part of an entertainment, cultural or educational program. Duplicate copies or a change in media format of copyrighted materials may not be made without the permission of the copyright holder.

The Library may permit viewing of video materials in the AV Services department or the Library by individual students or groups of students when the viewing is for instructional purposes, and is not for random viewing or entertainment. The Library will not permit anyone to view the Library’s copyrighted video materials in AV Services or the Library unless the material includes public performance rights or is being used for instructional purposes as outlined above.

The Library may loan copyrighted video materials to library patrons for personal use at home subject to restrictions set forth by copyright owners as to “at-home” viewing.

All video equipment and video materials owned by the Library and loaned to faculty and students should contain the following warning: “The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted material. Any person who makes an unauthorized copy or adaptation of the program, or redistributes the loan copy, or publicly performs or displays the program, except as permitted by Title 17 of the United States Code, may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to fulfill a loan request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would lead to violation of the copyright law.”