Digital Production and Performance

Motion pictures and other audiovisual works

Any public performance, or performance where an admission free is charged, or the public display of any part of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, must be approved by the copyright owner. Purchasing a copy of a movie does not give the owner of the copy the right to display it publicly. These organizations will help identify who holds the public display rights of movies:

Licensing Organizations:

  • Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
  • Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
  • Criterion Pictures USA, Inc.
  • Kino International Corp.
  • Milestone Film & Video

Sample permission letter


Teaching Scenarios

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Appropriate use policy

Other Links

Section 108 Study Group

The Section 108 Study Group is a select committee of copyright experts, convened by the Library of Congress, and charged with updating for the digital world the Copyright Act's balance between the rights of creators and copyright owners and the needs of libraries and archives.

Off-Air Recording

Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming specify under what conditions television programs may be videotaped and used for educational purposes. The NU Libraries DMDS provides an Off-air recording service.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

There are several aspects of the DMCA, but of interest to educators is the restriction on the circumvention of technological measures used by copyright owners to protect their works, and the amended exemption for nonprofit libraries and archives in section 108 of the Copyright Act to accommodate digital technologies and evolving preservation practices.

CONFU (The Conference on Fair Use) Guidelines

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