"Audiovisual works are works that consist of a
series of related images which are intrinsically intended
to be shown by the use of machines or devices such as
projectors, viewers, or electronic equipment, together with
accompanying sounds, if any, regardless of the nature of the
material objects, such as films or tapes, in which the
works are embodied." (Section 101, Copyright Law of the United States)
The M.S.A.D. No. 75 Guidelines for the Use of Audiovisual Works
refers to works such as videos, digital videodiscs,
QuickTime movies, 16 mm films, laser disks and other similar
- All employees are expected to adhere to the
provisions of the United States Code regarding
copying and/or use of copyrighted materials.
- An audiovisual work that is shown should be
educationally sound - tied to the curriculum,
previewed by the teacher and presented in a
teacher-guided, face-to-face learning activity.
- Audiovisual works should be included in a teacher
lesson plan where the rationale for its showing is
- Audiovisual materials that are not age appropriate
or whose content may be controversial must be
approved in advance by the principal.
Age-appropriate materials are as follows:
If not age appropriate and approved, parents need
to be notified well in advance of such showing and
given the opportunity to exempt their children.
Under no circumstances can an NC-17 or X-rated work be
- Elementary - G
- Middle School - G and PG
- High School - G, PG and PG-13
- Use of copyrighted audiovisual works for
entertainment purposes is an infringement of copyright
law when individuals are asked to pay to view them or when
used as a public activity.
- Substitute teachers will not present audiovisual
works unless they are contained in the class lesson
plan or course syllabus.
FIRST READING: December 11, 2003
SECOND READING: January 8, 2004
ADOPTION: January 8, 2004