As of June 2012, Concordia University no longer provides any official support for the playback or use of VHS tapes in any facilities.1 All VHS players and VHS combo players still in deployment will be replaced by DVD and/or BluRay players at the regular maintenance interval or as required.
The Technology Service Center may provide limited assistance with converting VHS to DVD format for eligible academic materials until further notice.2345
Policy Reviewed by M. Wahlers on 1/9/2013
Updated by B. Metzler on 2/19/2013
1 Commercially produced pre-recorded VHS tapes stopped shipping in December of 2008. In April of 2009, Concordia University committed to support VHS for three additional years by use of VHS/DVD combo players in most classrooms and technology enabled facilities on campus.
2 VHS to DVD conversion services facilitated by the Technology Service Center may be limited by the provisions of US Copyright laws.
3 In the case of university owned materials, the Technology Service Center may facilitate making VHS to DVD copies of media to be retained by the university as part of the university’s media library provided that it meets the criteria of US Copyright section 108
4 In the case of personally owned material used for academic purposes, the Technology Service Center may facilitate making a backup copy of the VHS media to DVD on behalf of the owner provided there is no intent or belief that the copy will be used illegally
5 Any copies of media are subject to the same use limitations as the original form of the media. It is incumbent on the user/owner to comply with all US Copyright and Fair Use laws. Requestors of the Technology Service Center’s media duplication service agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Technology Service Center for any action resultant for the possession, use or distribution of copies of media produced therein.