Licensing & Legal

All videos, clips, webpages, and other materials produced and released by American Television (ATV) are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. All of these works are copyrighted by ATV and considered to be the intellectual property of ATV, not that of any one student or group of students.


As defined by Creative Commons, this means that you are free to copy, distribute, and transmit the work, and to adapt or remix the work, under the following conditions:


  • Attribution — You must attribute the work to ATV in an appropriate manner (but not in any way that suggests that ATV endorses you or your use of the work).

  • Noncommercial — You may not use the work for commercial purposes.

  • Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon the work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same license or a similar license to this one.

Your use of any of the works produced by ATV constitutes your agreement to the terms of this license. For ATV members and participants, their use of ATV resources to produce and release such works constitutes their agreement for their work to become the intellectual property of ATV and be released under this license.


For more details about the terms of this license, read the Creative Commons License summary or view the full legal code of this license.


Why is this license used?


We believe that this Creative Commons License strikes a fair balance between providing ATV with control over its own programming and content and allowing our members to use their own works and experience to further their future endeavors. By requiring works produced at ATV to become the intellectual property of ATV, we can ensure that successful programs can continue to persist even after their original producer(s) depart from the station.


However, by allowing the work to be shared and adapted for noncommercial purposes, ATV members and alumni automatically have permission to use the work that they produced at ATV for their reels, portfolios, and other works.


Details About Media Releases and Recording Policies


ATV and its affiliated shows are automatically granted permission to film and record freely in all public spaces within American University’s campuses, except for where and when a private or ticketed event is being held. AU students, faculty, and staff who agree to be interviewed or otherwise appear on camera are not required to sign a Media Release form or other waiver.


Any individuals not directly affiliated with American University who are being interviewed or appearing on camera will need to sign a Media Release Form granting ATV the unrestricted use of footage containing their likeness. In the absence of a Media Release Form, producers may provide any other written agreement by the individual to appear on camera (such as an e-mail), or ask the individual to orally grant permission on-camera. These latter actions shall constitute agreement of the terms contained within ATV’s Media Release Form. You can download a copy of the form here.


Please contact our General Manager if you have concerns about the use of your image or likeness in an ATV production.


What if I have a concern about the licensing?


Please contact our Programming Directors if you have a concern about the terms of this license. Under certain circumstances we have the right to grant you a waiver if you need to use ATV works for purposes that would be otherwise forbidden under the terms of this license.


What if an ATV production has used my work without permission?


Please contact our General Manager with your concerns. Please provide a link to the offending work, if applicable. Depending on the seriousness of the charge, we may refer the issue to appropriate individuals of the AU Student Media Board or the American University administration to help mediate and resolve the issue.