4: University Regulations

Academic Regulations | Non-Academic Regulations | The Honor System
Department of Parking and Transportation Services | Department of Student Health

Address Changes | Alcohol and Drug Policy | Substance Abuse Resources | Amplified Music
Bicycle Policy | Computer Usage Policy | Confidentiality of Student Records
Discrimination Complaint Procedures | Dogs Running at Large | Firearms
Fund Raising Projects by Student Organizations on University Grounds | Grievance Procedure
Hazing | Misuse of Student IDs at Athletic Events | Residence Hall Visitation
Security Policy | Sexual Harassment Policy | Solicitors and Sales Representatives
Statement of Students' Rights and Responsibilities | Use of University Equipment
Use of University Facilities | University Services and Activities | Videotapes and Copyright Law

Warning About Videotapes and Copyright Law

The federal Copyright Act of 1976 grants the copyright owner the exclusive right to perform motion pictures in any "place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered." (United States Code, Title 17, Section 101). The legislative history of the Act clearly states that performances in "semipublic" places such as clubs and schools are considered "public performances" subject to copyright control whether or not admission is charged. Dormitories, fraternities and sororities may also be "semipublic" places subject to copyright control.

Violations of copyright law may result in civil and criminal penalties, including imprisonment.

Ownership of a prerecorded video cassette or video disc does not constitute ownership of a copyright (17 U.S.C. § 202).

Further information regarding the showing of videotapes can be obtained by contacting the Reservations Office on the fourth floor of Newcomb Hall, telephone (804) 924-3203.


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