Media Clipping and Streaming Service

Clipping Service Overview

George Mason University Libraries now offer instructors the option of delivering video clips for use in Blackboard. Clips from Mason-owned videotapes and DVDs can be digitized, placed onto our secure online server, and linked to the instructor's Blackboard course page. Streaming video can be accessed from any device with Internet capabilities, thus providing unlimited access for the semester.

Clipping Service Guidelines

Media Services will digitize and upload up to five clips from different movies (no more than 10% of a given film) onto our streaming server for instructor's to upload to their Blackboard accounts. Students in that course will be able to access these clips on the requestor's Blackboard course page.


Our service operates in accordance with Fair Use (see Title 7, Section 107 of the Copyright Act):


In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include —

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

In accordance with these factors, the following guidelines apply:


  • A given clip may only be posted for one semester.

  • Only students enrolled in the class may have access to the clips.

  • A “limited and reasonable portion” (about 10%) of a video can be streamed, not a complete work.


Failure to abide by these restrictions is a violation of the law, and may result in legal penalties as well as revocation of library privileges and other University imposed sanctions.


How to Request


Requests are made online and will be processed in the order in which they are received.  As a result, please place requests a minimum of two weeks prior to the date needed. If the request is unable to be filled because of a copyright issue, the instructor must understand that the University Libraries has the right not to fulfill that request.


Instructors must fill out a separate request for each course and sign each copy of the online form. Signatures of teaching assistants, administrative assistants, students, spouses, or other faculty or staff are not sufficient. Each form must include the instructor's name, the course number, and the instructor's department. The instructor must also provide his/her phone number and an e-mail address.


In order for a request to be processed, the following acknowledgement needs to be electronically signed by the instructor of the course:


"I acknowledge that I have read and understand the terms and conditions of the George Mason University Library Streaming Media Policy. I acknowledge that compliance with the policy is a condition of continued participation in the program and that a violation of this policy may result in administrative, financial, and legal penalties. I agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the policy."



Make a Request


Contact Information

For questions and concerns, please contact Media Services by email:

Or contact:

Heather Darnell

Librarian for Multimedia Literacy, Film & A/V Studies, and Dance



Phone: 703-993-7593


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