Q. Can I show a dvd through zoom to my coworkers if the dvd is from the local library

Can I show a dvd through zoom to my coworkers if the dvd is from the local library?


Answer

Usually a small group of friends, family, colleagues, it's OK to show a library video without permission. However, if you want to share it online that becomes problematic. For example, Zoom has something known as "Terms of Service". Under the terms, item #11: It states "You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way copyrighted material, trademarks, rights of publicity or other proprietary rights without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights." It can be hard to determine who owns the copyright for a DVD but look for the studio on the case and start there. 

Here are some places where you can find video materials that are in the public domain (meaning they are no longer protected by U.S. Copyright), or the creators have applied a Creative Commons license to their work allowing you to share it without permission. Maybe there is an alternative title that will meet your needs (not sure if it's part of training or if it's leisure).

 

 

  • Last Updated Jul 08, 2020
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  • Answered By Karen Kiorpes

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