Can I digitize a DVD to show to my class?

Answer

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibits circumventing technological prevention measures (TPM) on DVDs (typically on DVDs from 2008 forward) to copy and distribute the work. As such, digitizing and streaming an entire DVD with TPM is prohibited unless you've received express permission from the copyright holder.

There is an exemption to DMCA, which allows faculty to digitize and use clips of films for use in teaching and research.

If your DVD does not have TPM, you may digitize the DVD to show for an in-person class. However, if you're teaching online, you are limited by the TEACH ACT only to show a "reasonable and limited portion" of the film, assuming you meet the TEACH ACT requirements.

Note: The library cannot help with the digitization of DVDs or the hosting of video files for such purposes.

  • Last Updated Mar 07, 2024
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  • Answered By Tiffanie Ford-Baxter

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