Re: Video copyright law for libraries

Jessica (
Mon, 20 Nov 2000 15:29:08 -0800 (PST)

Their "copyright" can't restrict use by individuals but their CONTRACT can.
Moreover if they tell you this up front they could at least argue that you
had an oral agreement. If you are uncomfortable with this, it may be best
not to buy them

Jessica Rosner

> From: Mary Gontarek --- Owatonna Public Library <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 15:00:37 -0800 (PST)
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Subject: Video copyright law for libraries
> I just had an interesting conversation with a representative from a company
> thatsells motivational videos. They're VERY expensive but we have decided to
> previewfor possible purchase for staff training. During our conversation, the
> rep was
> trying to determine who would be using the videos and he very pointedly stated
> that their copyright only allowed viewing by organizations or groups, not
> individuals. I was not aware that those conditions could be stipulated for
> public
> libraries. Am I wrong about this? Even though we probably would not check them
> out to the general public due to the high cost of the items, it goes against
> the
> grain for a company to try and tell us who can use the items we purchase. I
> understand about public performance rights, but we still put those videos on
> the shelf for the public to check out. The information is clearly labeled on
> thevideo and it is then up to the individual to decide whether to abide by the
> copyright statement. I have no intention of pursuing this in the courts but
> I sure wish someone would! Is this legal?
> Mary Gontarek
> Owatonna Public Library
> Owatonna, MN