Non-Curricular File Sharing or Copying CDs / DVDs / Documents / Other Media

This chapter describes how faculty, staff, and students may copy or reformat works for non-curricular purposes.

Follow the steps given in chapter 5 of this guide, "When Copyright Permission Is Needed."

Sample Scenarios

  1. Question:

  2. I own some videotapes and would like to transfer them to DVD. Is that OK?
  3. Answer:

  4. Yes. Fair Use is generally understood to include the right to reformat material you own. This is especially true if the DVD version is not available on the market.

  5. Question:

  6. I borrowed a CD from the library. May I make a copy of it for myself?
  7. Answer:

  8. Only if you get the copyright owner's permission.

  9. Question:

  10. I'm creating a PowerPoint presentation for an upcoming meeting on campus. Can I include an image I found on the Web?
  11. Answer:

  12. Probably, but it would be better to use an image that provides explicit permission for such uses.
  13. Fair Use analysis:

  14. PurposeModerately favorable. Your use is for an activity of a nonprofit educational institution, but not for the purpose of teaching or scholarship.
    NatureModerately unfavorable. The image is creative rather than factual.
    AmountUnfavorable. You want to use the whole work.
    EffectFavorable. You are making only one copy, and there is no significant effect on the market or potential market for the image. You are making the image available only for a limited time.

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