Wright State faculty and staff may check out media equipment from the CaTS Classroom Technology Support office located in 017 Dunbar Library. Students can also check out equipment, but must have faculty/staff approval to do so.
Ordering Equipment for Checkout
Equipment that is checked out must be picked up and returned by the patron at the CaTS Classroom Technology Support office in 017 Dunbar Library. You may reserve equipment by phone, mail, or in person:
- Phone: (937) 775-3162
- Location: Classroom Technology Support office, 017 Dunbar Library
- Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Equipment Request Form (PDF) - Faculty & Staff: We highly recommend that you call or stop by our office to order equipment instead of using this form.
- Equipment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For your convenience, scheduled pickup and return times are indicated on the paperwork provided with your checkout.
- Orders should be placed during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).
- No checkouts will be available before 8:30 a.m., and no returns will be accepted after 5 p.m.
- Orders must be picked up no later than 1 hour after the scheduled pickup time. If not picked up, item will be returned to our inventory and the order cancelled.
- Limit of three like items per checkout. Example: one order can have three video cameras and three tripods.
- Some equipment is not available in quantities greater than one. A CTS representative will notify you of these items as needed.
- Each equipment checkout is limited to three days, including the day of checkout.
- Checkout extensions are made on a case by case basis.
Service fees for labor and equipment are not assessed for equipment that is checked out through the CaTS Classroom Technology Support office. However, equipment picked up at the Service Desk becomes the responsibility of the patron until returned to the CaTS. Financial responsibility for equipment that is lost, stolen, destroyed, or damaged while checked out will rest with the patron. The amount of financial responsibility for lost, stolen or destroyed items will be the replacement cost of said items. The amount of financial responsibility for damaged items will be the cost of parts and labor necessary to repair said the items.
This is an approximate list of equipment available for checkout from CaTS.
- Digital Camcorder
- Camera Tripod
- VHS/DVD/Monitor Unit
- Digital Camera
- Cassette Recorder
- Boom box (w/headphones)
- Portable Video Projector
- Screen (tripod, various sizes)
- PC Laptop Computer
- Mac Laptop Computer
- Wireless Microphone (for use in auditoriums)
- Flip Chart
- Tegrity Microphone
- Digital Voice Recorder
- VHS Camcorder
- 42'' Plasma Screen Monitor
- VHS to DVD Conversion Cart
Showing Movies or TV Shows in the Classroom
Did you know that the license for that movie you "bought" may only allow you to show it at home, not on campus? Did you know that recording a TV program off the air may only allow you to show it at home, not on campus?
There has been a recent wave of requests for CaTS to support the showing of movies on campus. CaTS will only support the showing of films that have been licensed to be shown in public or those in a face to face, regularly scheduled, numbered courses (fair use). In addition CaTS cannot support public broadcasts (Super Bowl, Olympics, OSU Football, Survivor, etc).
The following is from the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation and contains specific language concerning copyrighted videocassettes and DVDs.
Pre-recorded home videocassettes and DVDs ("Videos") that are available for rental or purchase include the right to exhibit the movie for home use only. These motion pictures do not include a license for showing outside one's home.
If you wish to show movies for any other use or in any other place, you must have a separate license which specifically authorizes such use.
These simple and straightforward rules are detailed in the federal Copyright Act, as amended, Title 17 of the United States Code. According to The Copyright Act, only the copyright owner holds the exclusive right, among others, "to perform the copyrighted work publicly." (Section 106)
In summary, the Copyright Act mandates:
The rental or purchase of a Video does not bear the right "to perform the copyrighted work publicly." (Section 202) Videos may be shown without a SEPARATE license in the home to "a normal circle of family and its social acquaintances" (Section 101)
Videos may be shown without a license for non-profit educational purposes and in certain narrowly defined "face-to-face teaching activities" because the law provides limited exceptions for such showings. (Section 110)
All other public performances of Videos are illegal unless they have been authorized by license. Even "performances in 'semipublic' places such as clubs, lodges, factories, summer camps and schools are 'public performances' subject to copyright control." (Senate Report No. 94-473, page 60; House Report No. 94-1476, page 64).
Both for-profit organizations and non-profit institutions must secure a license to show Videos, regardless of whether an admission fee is charged. (Senate Report No. 94-473, page 59; House Report No. 94-1476, page 62)
A party is liable for contributory infringement when it, with knowledge of the infringing activity, contributes to the infringing conduct of another.
Proprietors of a social establishment are vicariously liable for infringement committed by an independent contractor. Vicarious liability arises where a party has "the right and ability to supervise the infringing activity and also has a direct financial interest in such activities." Gershwin Publishing Corp. Vs. Columbia Artists Management, Inc., 443 F.2d1159, 1161 (2d Cir. 1971). Both the property owner and exhibitor must make sure a license is in place before a Video is shown by either party.
Non-compliance with The Copyright Act is considered infringement and carries steep and significant penalties.
Such exhibitions are federal crimes and subject to a $150,000 penalty per exhibition (Section 506). In addition, even inadvertent infringers are subject to substantial civil damages ($750 to $30,000 for each illegal showing) and other penalties. (Sections 502-505)