The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1221  Friday, 2 July 1999.

From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 01 Jul 1999 14:44:58 -0400
Subject: 10.1203 Re: Editing TV Tapes for the Classroom
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1203 Re: Editing TV Tapes for the Classroom

            "On this festive occasion our spirit unbends
              Let us never forget the Profession's best friends
              So we'll send the wine round, and a nice bumper fill
              To the jolly testator who makes his own will."
                                                    Trad. Barristers'
Drinking Song

And let's save a few cases for academics who think they have a firm
grasp of copyright law.

One of the slipperiest concepts is the fair use doctrine (17 USC Sec.
107, in US law), which deliberately has no hard and fast rules.  And the
limited exception for classroom exhibition specifically does not apply
to exhibitions of motion pictures "by means of a copy that was not
lawfully made under this title" (Sec. 110(1)).

The best advice was Nick Kind's -- consult a real lawyer.

Larry Weiss

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