Yes! Unless stated otherwise, all original NNPS-TV productions may be recorded with no restrictions on educational use. Programs aired from other stations (Discovery Channel, A&E, TLC, etc.) are copyrighted, but may be recorded as long as they are intended for classroom use, with the following restrictions: Recorded programs may be retained for use for no longer than 45 days from the date of recording; videos may not be copied for students to take home and programs may not be aired in settings outside the classroom. If in doubt, contact NNPS-TV at 591-4687 for more details.
Can students incorporate their favorite CD or mp3 tracks in their school's TV news or other student-produced videos?
There are limitations for using these recordings in the classroom. Under the “Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Media,” students may use small portions of a song as part of a class project. Use outside of the classroom is not permitted. Illegal use of music in a video includes: Broadcasting on NNPS-TV Channel 47 or any other local cable station, viewing during an assembly or other gathering outside of the classroom, and public screenings in the community. Keep in mind that there are many choices for using non-copyrighted music including using your own or a friend's unpublished music and use of royalty-free music available from the NNPS Telecommunications Center. Again, if in doubt, call us at 591-4687.
Can students or teachers use clips of purchased or rented videos?
Generally speaking, use of copyrighted video material in an individual's video production can be used for in-classroom use, as long as the edited material is less than 10% or 3 minutes of the finished work (whichever is less). As with copyrighted music, you cannot show or broadcast these video productions outside the classroom.
Can students or teachers download still or moving images from the Internet for a multimedia presentation?
Copyrighted works may be incorporated under the video guidelines outlined above for use only in an instructional, classroom setting. Generally speaking, you don't know if the digital images are copyright protected. Access to files on the Internet does not imply that they may be reproduced or reused without permission or payment. When in doubt, obtain permission directly from the person or organization that produced the image(s).
U.S. Copyright Office
American Library Association
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Music Library Association
Copyright/Fair Use Guide
Fair Use in Education