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
Arizona State University West
4701 West Thunderbird Road, P.O. Box 37100
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100
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