Answered By: Stephanie Folse
Last Updated: May 18, 2016     Views: 25

The Music/Media Library houses multimedia materials and copyright laws need to be considered.  The following guidelines have been provided to help patrons understand what is legally permissable.

General rules:

  • No copying or distribution except as provided below
  • All requests outside approved areas should be referred to regular (non-student) library staff
  • For assistance, contact the Music/Media Librarian, 817.257.7667

For most multimedia items, copying is illegal without permission of the copyright holder. Library staff will make copies of TCU University performances in which the requestor participated. Patrons may make copies of Reserve media containing selections (not entire works) of required listening with the instructor’s permission. These copies may only be made in the Library.

The Mary Couts Burnett Library cannot guarantee public performance rights for any audio/visual media although efforts are made to acquire public performance rights whenever possible. It is the patron’s responsibility to use media in compliance with current Copyright Law and seek public performance rights if intending to use the media beyond the traditional definition of Fair-Use.

Reserve recordings will be distributed via the in-house listening system and will not circulate. Likewise, streaming audio/video is distributed in-house via the A/V Center listening system or via a patron’s personal computer using TCU network capabilities. Guests may listen to items in-house, but may not copy or checkout audio/visual items. Copying requests should be directed to the Music/Media Library regular staff.

NOTICE: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the production and duplication of copyrighted materials. Persons using A/V Center equipment to reproduce copyrighted works may be liable for infringement.

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