A University professor records a showing of the "Andy
Griffith Show" on her VCR. She then puts the tape on
reserve in the library so students can watch it to critique
it. The course the professor is teaching is on the History
of Television in America. The professor wants the students
to look at the way culture was portrayed during the running
of the "Andy Griffith Show." At the end of the semester,
the professor will take the film and destroy it.
Is the professor violating copyright?
Most likely the professor is violating copyright. A better
solution would be to place on reserve less than 10% of the
whole. This, then, would fall under fair use, especially since
the viewing has a direct educational purpose.
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