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Audio/Video Digital Conversion Policy:

Guidelines

The Digital Collections Center has the equipment to convert physical audio/video materials like VHS, cassette tapes, and DVDs into digital files. When we receive a request to convert physical audio/video materials to digital files, we follow this process:

  1. If the material is currently available for purchase in streaming or other online formats, the Library can purchase it and make it available through the Library catalog.
  2. If the material is part of the Library's Collection, but is not currently available for purchase in streaming or other online formats, the Digital Collections Center will only legally convert it to a digital file if the Library has written consent from the copyright holder.
  3. If the material is not part of the Library's Collection, and is not currently available for purchase in streaming or other online formats, the Digital Collections Center will only legally convert it to a digital file if the Library has written consent from the copyright holder and the digital format will be used to support instruction at Furman University or will be included in an approved digital collection.

 

Note: Physical audio/video materials that are produced and/or related to Furman University may be retained in Special Collections and Archives for preservation purposes.

 

Contact Information

We are generally available 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

E-mail: digitalcollections@furman.edu

Phone Number: 864-294-3505

What is protected by Copyright?

Copyright protection exists in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression. The two key phrases here are "original works" and "fixed". The creativity level required for originality is very low - a "spark" - but is required, no matter how much effort was required to create the work.

Works of authorship include the following categories:

  1. literary works;
  2. musical works, including any accompanying words;
  3. dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
  4. pantomimes and choreographic works;
  5. pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
  6. motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
  7. sound recordings; and
  8. architectural works.

17 U.S.C. § 102