Digitization of Required Course Videos
The Library will digitize existing DVD/VHS videos and provide them in streaming format for courses under specific conditions. MRU instructors may request the digitization of DVDs or VHS tapes if the video is required for viewing for a class. If you are a student, please consult your instructor.
Details on digitization and access
MRU Library staff will:
- Review digitization request to confirm whether a commercial streaming copy is available, and acquire it if possible.
- If not otherwise available for purchase in streaming format, digitize the requested DVD/VHS video.
- Upload the file to the Library’s streaming video service provider.
- Send the instructor a proxied link to the file (MRU login required to access) with a required copyright statement.
- Delete the file from the server within 30 days of the last day of classes.
The Instructor will:
- Place the link and copyright statement in D2L thus allowing their students, and only their students, to access the streaming video.
Conditions to be met
In order to comply with Canada’s Copyright Act and related legal issues regarding digitizing and streaming video, the following conditions must be met:
- The DVD/VHS video must be included in the MRU Library’s collection or be owned by the instructor.
- The DVD/VHS video must be required viewing for the class and form an integral part of classroom or tutorial discussions. Supplemental or optional materials are not eligible.
- Turnaround time for digitization requests is dependent on demand. The Library suggests planning for a 3 week turnaround from the time of making a request to when a digitization will be delivered.
- The Library will delete the file from the streaming server within 30 days of the last day of classes.
- The film must not already be available commercially as a streaming video.
- The Library will make the DVD/VHS video available as streaming video and provide a link for Instructors to share with students via D2L and based on faculty request and in compliance with sections 30.01 and 41.1 of the Copyright Act (as detailed below).
Policy & Copyright
The policy for providing online access to streaming video reserves through D2L is derived from the Copyright Act, RSC 1985 c C42, specifically section 30.01. Section 30.01 facilitates the use of copyright protected works in an online environment that matches how copyright protected works can be used during in-person classroom instruction. Copying of the DVD/VHS video must be in accordance with section 41.1, Technological Protection Measures, which makes it an offense to break a technological protection measure when copying a copyright protected work.