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Media Collections and Services

A guide to researching and using the library's physical and streaming media collections.

Statement on Copyright

George Mason University policies regarding copyright and academic integrity must be strictly followed when using and creating media. For standards of Fair Use, copyright information, or consultation, contact the media librarian.

Copyright and Media FAQ

Can I screen library media for a large or public audience?

Screening films to campus groups outside the classroom requires public performance rights (PPR). The great majority of DVDs in the library do not have PPR, and screening it for a public audience is unauthorized. To find out if a film has PPR, please refer to this page or contact the media librarian.

Some library databases include PPR for campus groups. These include Kanopy and Films on Demand. Videos from these databases can only be viewed by Mason students and employees, so long as there is no profit made from the viewing.

For more information, click here.

 

Does the library digitize videos or film clips for Blackboard?

The library will in rare circumstances digitize videos for online courses when there is no alternative available and when a streaming version does not exist for purchase by the University Libraries or by students. Because this process includes rigorous copyright research on the part of University Libraries, it often takes weeks or months to accomplish.  Please contact the media librarian if there is a video you need for an online course.

The library does not digitize short film clips.

 

Does the library convert VHS tapes to DVD?

The library does in some circumstances convert VHS tapes to DVD when no DVD exists for purchase. Because this process includes rigorous copyright research on the part of University Libraries, it often takes weeks or months to accomplish. Please contact the media librarian if you find a VHS tape that you need for a class.

Copyright and Fair Use Resources