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Multimedia

 Multimedia applications defined operationally, involve the inclusion of text, graphics, sound and/or video clips in a computerized environment.  Educators and students may incorporate, with limitations, portions of books, videos, slides, sound recordings, motion media and other media into a multimedia project of their own for their classes.

Important: After satisfying the time and portion limitations for each medium listed below, in addition to posting notices, refer to the main section addressing the most dominant medium used in your multimedia compilation. Choose between audio recordings & music, images, movies & videos, print materials, software, or television programs & off-air recordings.



Audio Recordings and Music

a. Time limitations

  • Students may perform and display their classroom projects as well as include them in their portfolio as examples of their academic work. 
  • Fair use guidelines state that educators may use their educational multimedia projects for up to two years after which permission must be obtained for each copyrighted portion incorporated in the production.
b. Portion limitations

(While the law does not specify these exact limitations, the Conference on Fair Use, which met in 1997, offered the following Guidelines:

http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/ccmcguid.htm
Music, Lyrics, and Music videos
Up to 10 percent, but no more than 30 seconds of the music and lyrics.  Any alterations shall not change the basic melody or the fundamental character of the work. 
c. Posting Notices

Educators and students should include on the opening screen of their multimedia program and any accompanying print material, a notice that

  • certain materials are included under the Fair Use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law

For more information about library reserves, contact reserves@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2662.


Images

a. Time limitations

Educators and students may incorporate, with limitations, portions of books, videos, slides, sound recordings, motion media and other media into a multimedia project of their own for their classes. 

  • Students may perform and display their classroom projects as well as include them in their portfolio as examples of their academic work. 
  • Fair use guidelines state that educators may use their educational multimedia projects for up to two years after which permission must be obtained for each copyrighted portion incorporated in the production.
b. Portion limitations

(While the law does not specify these exact limitations, the Conference on Fair Use, which met in 1997, offered the following Guidelines:

http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/ccmcguid.htm
Illustrations and Photographs
Although Fair Use generally precludes the use of an entire work, an illustration or photo may be used in its entirety but no more than five images by an artist or photographer may be used in a single multimedia project. When they are from a published collective work, not more than 10 percent or 15 images, whichever is less, may be reproduced or incorporated.
c. Posting Notices

Educators and students should include on the opening screen of their multimedia program and any accompanying print material, a notice that certain materials are included under the Fair Use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law.

For more information about library reserves, contact reserves@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2662.


Movies and Videos

a. Time limitations

Educators and students may incorporate, with limitations, portions of books, videos, slides, sound recordings motion media and other media into a multimedia project of their own for their classes. 

  • Students may perform and display their classroom projects as well as include them in their portfolio as examples of their academic work. 
  • Fair use guidelines state that educators may use their educational multimedia projects for up to two years after which permission must be obtained for each copyrighted portion incorporated in the production.
b. Portion limitations

While the law does not specify these exact limitations, the Conference on Fair Use, which met in 1997, offered the following Guidelines:

http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/ccmcguid

As a general guideline, up to 10 percent or three minutes, whichever is less,  of a movie or video can be incorporated.

c. Posting Notices

Educators and students should include on the opening screen of their multimedia program and any accompanying print material, a notice that certain materials are included under the Fair Use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law.

For more information about library reserves, contact reserves@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2662.


Printed Materials

a. Time limitations

Educators and students may incorporate, with limitations, portions of books, videos, slides, sound recordings motion media and other media into a multimedia project of their own for their classes. 

  • Students may perform and display their classroom projects as well as include them in their portfolio as examples of their academic work. 
  • Fair use guidelines state that educators may use their educational multimedia projects for up to two years after which permission must be obtained for each copyrighted portion incorporated in the production.
b. Portion limitations

(While the law does not specify these exact limitations, the Conference on Fair Use, which met in 1997, offered the following Guidelines:

http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/ccmcguid.htm

Text

Up to 10 percent or 1000 words, whichever is less, of the full article, story, book, etc. (CONFU guidelines, these portions not specified in text of law).

For more information about library reserves, contact reserves@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2662.

Music, Lyrics, and Music videos

Up to 10 percent, but no more than 30 seconds of the music and lyrics.  Any alterations shall not change the basic melody or the fundamental character of the work.

c. Posting Notices

On the opening screen of the multimedia program and any accompanying print material, a notice should be posted saying that certain materials are included under the Fair Use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law.

For more information about library reserves, contact reserves@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2662.


TV Programs

a. Time limitations

Educators and students may incorporate, with limitations, portions of books, videos, slides, sound recordings motion media and other media into a multimedia project of their own for their classes. 

  • Students may perform and display their classroom projects as well as include them in their portfolio as examples of their academic work. 
  • Fair use guidelines state that educators may use their educational multimedia projects for up to two years after which permission must be obtained for each copyrighted portion incorporated in the production.
b. Portion limitations

While the law does not specify these exact limitations, the Conference on Fair Use, which met in 1997, offered the following Guidelines:

http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/ccmcguid

As a general guideline, up to 10 percent or three minutes, whichever is less,  of a TV program can be incorporated

c. Posting Notices

Educators and students should include on the opening screen of their multimedia program and any accompanying print material, a notice that certain materials are included under the Fair Use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law.

For more information about library reserves, contact reserves@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2662.

Adapted from web materials at Fairfield University.

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