ERIC Number: ED310748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
The Use of Satellites by Education: Licences, Copyright and Contracts.
This pamphlet is intended to answer questions about copyright with respect to the reception and use of satellite transmissions by educational establishments in the United Kingdom. Addressed to those who receive and record satellite transmissions, Part One discusses both license and copyright requirements, including situations in which permission may be needed under copyright law to use recorded broadcast programs; types of licenses that are required to operate receivers; how to obtain these licenses; the copyright implications of satellite reception in various situations; and Britain's treaty obligations to provide copyright protection for materials and performers from other countries. Part Two, directed at those who intend to use satellites to disseminate video material, notes that copyright is traditionally territorial, and that, since a satellite is a transmitter in space, it is not in the territory of any nation and the rights granted cannot be related to the law of any country. The problems created by this situation are then discussed together with the lack of an international copyright law and the interest of the EEC (European Economic Community) in treating broadcasts in the same way as goods and services. The implications for producers of video programs and what they should do are also considered. The pamphlet concludes by stating that, at the time of writing, it was too early to give guidance on either practical or contractual arrangements between educational producers of material and the operators of satellites. A statement on off-air recording for educational purposes which reflects the situation under the 1956 Act is appended. (BBM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Educational Technology, London (England).