Copyright Restrictions

Violation of Copyright Law is a serious concern when Videotape duplication is performed. Any violation of Copyright Law can potentially put ATLAS, its personnel, the University and you at risk for criminal prosecution or civil suits. For copyright purposes, conversion from one format to another is the same as duplication.

Therefore, we restrict what matter may be duplicated. In order to copy any videotaped program which you are not the producer or author of, you must have received explicit written consent from the copyright holder for that program.

This means we cannot make a copy of the film you may have rented, or a program you have taped from television without this explicit written permission. In most cases most video program producers will not provide this permission, and will instead encourage you purchase your own copy directly from them or from a store. In a few rare cases a producer may give such permission if that program or tape is otherwise unavailable.

We will not make any copies of commercially produced or televised programming without express written permission from the copyright holder. There are no exceptions.

What Can Be Duplicated

In order to give you a better understanding of these restrictions, these are general rules of thumb of what may be copied:

  • Personal tapes which were videotaped by you. This includes home movies, personal camcorder tapes, or any programs for which you are effectively the copyright holder.
  • Classroom tapes recorded with ATLAS Equipment.
  • Programs recorded or produced by the ATLAS. This includes tapes of class skits recorded in the ATLAS Studio.
  • Programs for which you have express written permission from the copyright holder to duplicate. A copy of this permission must be provided to us when a Duplication Request is made.

What Cannot Be Duplicated

In general we cannot legally duplicate any of the following materials:

  • Commercially produced videocassettes. These may include movies, television programs, or other programs.
  • Tapes of programs which have been recorded from television, laser disc or any broadcast source (including, but not restricted to, movies, television shows, news programs, and satellite programs).
  • Non-commercial tapes for which the customer is not the producer or copyright holder. These may be demonstration tapes, corporate videos, music videos, etc.

Hint: Always check the videotape labeling and its box for any copyright listing or marks. If there is one and you are not the listed copyright owner then it is likely that we cannot duplicate that tape.

Special note for tapes recorded from television

Copyright Law provides for what is known as "fair use" of copyrighted material. This is the clause which allows for you to make photocopies of some materials, make quotations, etc. For video programs, this means you are allowed to tape programs from television for your own private use and archival. This does not provide for the archival of such programs for professional use, which includes classroom instruction.

"Fair use," however, does provide for a 45 day period of time subsequent to the airing and taping of a program for its use in the classroom. After this time this program may not be archived for instructional use and may no longer be used for classroom instruction without written permission from the producer of that program.

At our discretion, we may choose to duplicate a videotape recorded off of television if: (1) the program was recorded within the last 30 days, (2) the purpose is for immediate classroom use, and (3) the person requesting the duplication affirms that the duplicate videotape is not for archival or other use that may infringe copyright law.

Otherwise, we will not duplicate any tape recorded from television without express written permission from the copyright holder.