The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17, United States Code, Public Law 94-553, 90 stat. 2541) governs copyrighted movies and how they may be used. The guidelines for viewing movies at Buena Vista University are as follows:
- Any group showing a movie for entertainment purposes only must pay for the rights to view that movie. However it is acceptable to view movies in one’s home (residence hall room or lounge).
- A movie may be shown for educational purposes as long as an educator is present, showing takes place in a classroom setting, and is being viewed as part of a curriculum.