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Shakespeare on Film Course
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1390  Wednesday, 6 June 2001

From:           Michael Friedman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 05 Jun 2001 11:59:20 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare on Film Course

I have a question for the members of the list.  I am in the beginning
stages of planning a Shakespeare on Film course, and I have decided that
I would like to teach it in one of our new "mediated" classrooms, where
I could show digitized versions of clips from videotapes rather than the
VHS tapes themselves.  The advantages of this sort of technology will
seem obvious to anyone who has tried to compare two disparate parts of a
film using video (which takes several minutes to rewind or fast forward)
or anyone who has seen one of Peter Donaldson's dazzling presentations
at a conference like the SAA.  My problem is that, according to my
sources here, copyright laws forbid making digital files and showing
more than three minutes (total) of any film without obtaining permission
from the copyright holder.  Also, even if the clips are less than three
minutes, archiving them (showing them from semester to semester) without
permission is also considered a copyright violation.

So, my question is, does anyone have any experience with seeking
permission from copyright holders to show more extended digital clips,
or a series of short clips?  Is such permission relatively easy or
difficult to obtain?  Do they charge a permission fee?  Any help would
be greatly appreciated.

Michael D. Friedman
University of Scranton

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