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Copyright in Higher Education

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Can my student group host a movie screening on campus?

In most instances it is necessary to obtain permission (also known as Public Performance Rights, or PPR) before screening a film on campus, even if you're not charging admission. If you're not sure whether or not PPR applies to your proposed use, please consult Public Performance Rights Flowchart on the Montgomery College Libraries Copyright Information page. For information on how to obtain permission, please see the Public Performance Law page on the Motion Picture Association of America's website.

What is McDaniel College's policy on peer-to-peer (p2p) file sharing?

McDaniel College's policy on illegal file sharing can be accessed through the myMcDaniel Portal (login required).

What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?

  • The Law:
  • What service providers have to do:
  • What you need to know about your use of McDaniel’s network: -
  • 1998 Congress passed, 2000 became law; to “update” Copyright Law for the digital age.
  • Divided in to five "titles," the DMCA is a complex act that:
    • imposes rules prohibiting the circumvention of technological protection measures
    • sets limitations on copyright infringement liability for online service providers (OSPs)
    • expands an existing exemption for making copies of computer programs
    • provides a significant updating of the rules and procedures regarding archival preservation
    • mandates a study of distance education activities in networked environments
    • mandates a study of the effects of anti-circumvention protection rules on the "first sale" doctrine

What is Digital Rights Management (DRM)?

  • Technological limitations that control copyrighted works bought, sold and traded through computer technologies.  The DMCA makes it illegal to circumvent these technologies.