Public Performance Rights (Was: RE: Discovery Channel)

Deg Farrelly (
Mon, 13 Mar 2000 11:12:10 -0800 (PST)

The discussion of purchasing from Discovery Channel and branched into
several different threads, all of them interesting. I certainly have
enjoyed Gary, Randy, and Jim's observations on pricing.

If I may toss in my $.02 ...

I concur with the observation that academic libraries do not need to acquire
public performance rights for videos to be used in instruction. I remember
heated debates with distributors over the acquisition of titles and not
wanting to acquire public performance rights with them. Use of videos at
academic sites, however, is often not limited to the face-to-face setting
required for the copyright exemption. Public screenings at clubs, special
events, etc. do (in my interpretation and that of the University legal
counsel) require public performance rights. So when available, we acquire
non-feature videos with PPR and add the PPR information to the catalog

Feature films are, of course, an entirely different matter.

deg farrelly, Media Librarian
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