Re: PAL to NTSC Conversions

Jessica (
Mon, 15 May 2000 10:21:38 -0700 (PDT)

Sorry to sound like a broken record but YOU CAN"T tranfer formats without
the copyright holder's permission. Just because an item does not come in the
most convenient format does not give you the right to transfer it. Many
foreign films are released in PAL format before they reach the US. Kino for
instance is about to release TIME REGAINED by Raul Ruiz ( in theaters, video
will not come out till 2001). I expect it is already available in PAL in the
UK and would no doubt be a very hot item in the academic world but we would
be pretty upset if someone imported a PAL and transfered it. Professors and
students will just have to live with the inconvenience of PAL.


jessica rosner
>From: "Beth Hansen" <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: PAL to NTSC Conversions
>Date: Mon, May 15, 2000, 4:58 PM

> I know that VideoLib has discussed the copyright issues concerning the
>conversion of PAL (& other formats) to NTSC in the past. I am in the
>process of developing our institutional copyright policies and have been
>unable to locate the previous discussions in the VideoLib archives. Help!
>Does anyone have these discussions archived in their mailbox folders or
>could we briefly revisit the topic?
> Again, my apologies for the duplication! I really need a solid position
>on this one for when the language faculty come to call!
> Cheers (and thanks!),
> Beth
>Beth Hansen -- Media Acquisitions & Cataloging Librarian
>Shain Library--Connecticut College
>270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-4196
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