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can I copy parts of DVD's?

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by bj nick, Dec 26, 2005.

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  1. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

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    I'm a teacher and over the years I've collected a few videos and DVD's that I use in my teaching. I would like to be able to create a DVD consisting of excerpts from these DVD's and videos so that they would be easily accesible.

    I have a DVD burner, but I know nothing about this area; about copyright issues, if I can burn parts of the DVD as opposed to just copying, etc.

    I would appreciate being educated on this- thanks!
     
  2. linskyjack

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    Depends on the materials you want to copy. If you could be more specific that would be helpful.
     
  3. CouchMaster

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    If copyright protected then NO, if not YES - legally speaking that is...
     
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    I could be completely wrong here, but I recall someone(in another forum) talking about it being perfectly legal if it is used for educational purposes.
     
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    bj nick Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the responses, everyone.

    I don't know how to be "more specific;" I have some videos and DVD's from which I'd like to extract small sections for teaching purposes. In some cases, it's because I need to eliminate something off-color or inappropriate, usually language.

    For example, a movie about Christopher Columbus I have used for years that shows the voyage in a colorful and exciting way, but smack in the middle of the sequence a sailor says something really risque. I have always skipped ahead, turned down the sound for a second, etc, etc. I have the same problem in other movies (I use a sequence in Spinal Tap, believe it or not, that illustrates a math principle, but I need to excise an F-bomb in the middle of it.

    What I'd like ideally is to have a DVD that shows exactly the excerpts I want in a convenient and accesible way.

    much of the material I'd like to use would definitely be copyright-protected; my usage would be purely educational.

    Looks like DVD Knife might be a possibility; I'll give it a try.
     
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