Re: Archival copies of 16mm
Tue, 1 Aug 2000 12:25:55 -0700 (PDT)

In a message dated 8/1/00 2:06:07 PM, writes:

<< While I appreciate and understand Jessica's response to this

question, provisions in the US Copyright law *specifically* permit a

library to make a duplication of an out-of-print item, under certain


The law specifies that a duplicate copy or phonorecord may be made

when an unused replacement cannot be obtained at a fair price, after a

reasonable serach. Nothing in the law requires securing the copyright

holder's permission prior to making the copy. Other conditions apply,

however, such as the institution being a library, and providing access for



Beyond the law (a wonderful Russian silent), I would suggest prudence anyway.
In 80 per cent of the cases, the cost of transferring a film to video is far
more expensive and far inferior in quality than tracking a copyright holder
down and buying a video from him or her. Again, this is preaching to the
converted since most of you are on this list for exactly this kind of search.
Two copyright experts who do such searches for hire are:

David Pierce at
Eli Savada at Elias@AOL.COM

I know of a 100 stories in the archival world where having spent thousands of
dollars in restoring a bad copy of a film, another archive or individual has
a pristine print or master material. I'm sure there are similar in the
library world.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640-0128
Phone: (201) 767-3117 or (800) 603-1104
Fax: (201) 767-3035