Video usage protocol

Nov 09, 2012

I'm wondering what the ethical & legal best practice is on purchasing video training content from a vendor for use at your company, and then editing it down into multiple vignette's for use in company-specific content (not for re-sale).

If I've bought the DVD or link to the content,etc...

1) may I snag it into smaller segments?

2) if I can, how do I do that in Storyline?

3 Replies
Mike Enders


Best practice would be to review the End User License Agreement (EULA) to see what rights you have.  While it's possible that your vendor is okay with breaking it down for educational purposes, typically, most companies don't allow the ripping of a DVD into small video segments.  However, if you contact the vendor, you may find that they already have the DVD in digital form and you could work something out.  I've always found that a kind conversation on the phone can lead to the desired outcome.


Linda Lorenzetti

Companies selling DVDs should have a copyright on the content, most would not allow you to edit their product without permission.

I've used DVD segments in a project that I'm currently working on, but they are edited from our own DVDs.  I used Handbrake software (free) to rip the DVD and then used video editing software to select the segment.

Karen Loftus

Thanks Mike & Linda.  I am having some initial dialogue with a couple vendors.  At minimum it's appears some of the 30+ minute vendor training videos are at least broken up into shorter vignettes.  In speaking with one vendor we are going to talk about a perpetual license, but I'm not sure it's even worth it in the grand scheme of things.  Often these training vendors videos are so dated or schlocky...  and thus why eLearning is picking up steam!

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