OIR and the Gutman Library recently announced that spring 2013 semester was the final semester that OIR will provide or support VCRs in classrooms, studios, or labs. A number of you may have videotapes that you use in classrooms, studios, or labs and you would be interested in continuing to use that content.
The process for VHS to DVD conversion is as follows:
- The library will attempt to purchase a DVD version, or check to see if the film is available on one of the library's digital video collections, Films on Demand or Academic Video Online
- If no DVD version is available commercially, the faculty should seek an alternative title that would provide similar content—alternatives may be found in on one of our streaming video collections (Films on Demand or Academic Video Online) or on Amazon
- If it is important to have the exact content existing in VHS format, and no DVD version is available, the library can seek permissions from the film producer to transfer the VHS content to DVD. If permissions are not granted, contact the library (email@example.com) for next steps.
Please be aware that as videotape and the VCR fade into the technological sunset, copyright laws remain the legal guideline of the day. OIR and the Gutman Library staff will work to find solutions, but from time-to-time we will be faced with legal parameters that supersede what might appear to be practical application.
Please contact the Technology Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Gutman Library staff at email@example.com for assistance and options for replacing your classroom videotapes. We are committed to providing the most seamless process and resolution possible.
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