Off-Air and Online Video Content Recording and Use




Institutional Integrity


Academic Technology


(541) 463-3377

Primary Contact

Ian Coronado

Contact Email

Responsible Executive Authority

Vice President of Academic Affairs


This procedure outlines the practices within the college regarding off-air broadcast recording and online video content. It ensures compliance with copyright law and protects the college from legal issues arising from the misuse of copyrighted materials.


The landscape of educational resources has expanded to include traditional broadcast media and a vast array of online video content. This procedure provides guidelines for the legal use of these resources, ensuring compliance with copyright law and advancing our educational objectives.


Guideline Compliance: All use of television broadcast programming and online video content must comply with the Copyright Law of the United States of America (Title 17).

Online Video Content Use:

  • Instructors and students may use online video content, including YouTube videos, for educational purposes when such use complies with copyright law, including Fair Use considerations.
  • Content licensed under Creative Commons must be used in accordance with the specific license attached to it. Educators should ensure they understand and adhere to the terms of these licenses.

Digital Literacy and Copyright Education: The college commits to promoting digital literacy, focusing on ethical practices and legal standards for digital content, to all academic community members.

Linking or Embedding vs. Downloading:

  • Linking or embedding legally posted online videos in educational materials is permitted and encouraged to enrich teaching and learning.
  • Downloading and redistributing online videos without explicit permission or licensing is prohibited except as permitted under the Fair Use Doctrine.

Fair Use for Digital Content: The Fair Use Doctrine applies to digital and online content, with considerations for use, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount used, and the effect on the market for the original work.

Instructor Responsibilities with Online Content: Instructors ensure that any online video content used complies with copyright law and this procedure. This includes securing copyright clearance when necessary and adhering to platform-specific guidelines.


  • Congressional Record, October 14, 1981, pp. E4750-4752, U.S. House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Courts, Civil Liberties and Administration of Justice;
  • Circular 21, Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians, United States Copyright Office, rev. August 2014, pp. 23-24.
  • Fair Use Index
  • Creative Commons licensing: Use and Remix

Date Adopted

Saturday, May 1, 1999

Date Last Reviewed

Thursday, April 18, 2024