"Educational use of videotapes must meet two criteria: the tapes themselves must be lawfully acquired and their use must fall under the fair use rules. Lawfully acquired videotapes include original tapes that have been purchased, rented, or borrowed and copies of broadcast programs recorded 'off-air' from television. 'Off-air' recordings have such stringent restrictions that we don't recommend that teachers use them."
The fair use law states:
"[F]ace-to-face teaching activities include a wide variety of 'systematic' instructional uses, but expressly forbid 'recreation or entertainment' uses. [A House of Representatives committee report] clarifies that 'classroom or similar place' would include a library or auditorium if such a space is used for instruction."
"We [also] advise teachers to know both their state laws and the policies of their local boards of education."
Alan B. Teasley and Ann Wilder
Paige Mayhew OWP 2000