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Audiovisual Performance Rights

Public performance rights are retained by the original copyright holders, and Baker & Taylor identifies for its customers when and for which titles those rights are included with the products. Many DVD's sold by Baker & Taylor carry full public performance rights from the producers. Titles with public performance are indicated in each issue of Alert. To view the latest issue of Baker & Taylor's Alert magazine, please visit:

Please be advised that videocassettes purchased from Baker & Taylor may be used in the following situations:

  1. To circulate to library patrons or students for viewing at home.
  2. In any "face to face" classroom situation

Section 110 (1) of the Copyright Act clearly exempts classroom use from copyright infringement, even though the tapes may be marked "for home use only." This section is reprinted in part below.

          Performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a non-profit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, unless, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, the performance, or the display of individual images is given by means of a copy that was not lawfully made….and that person is responsible for the performance knew or had reason to believe was not lawfully made….(is not an infringement).

When identification is not available viewers must contact the original rights holder or make their own decision given the individual circumstance of use.