Re: renting films

Gary Handman (
Wed, 3 Jan 2001 16:34:10 -0800 (PST)

Ok: Let's take a deep breath here...

1. In my experience, few if any libraries proper "rent" films or videos
for a fee. Used to be a handful of rather misguided institutions used to
charge a small deposit fee for borrowing videos...don't believe that's too
common any longer (if it is, woe!)

2. Some universities still support Film/Video Centers--agencies that may
be profit or non--that are in the express business of film/video rental and
sale (eg UC Center for Media and Independent Learning).

3. The First Sale Doctrine of the copyright law allows the owner of a
legally-acquired video to do any damn thing he/she wants with it (except
copy or make derivative works): loan, rent, sell, give away. Public
performance rights has nothing to do with it (PPR have to do with
showing--"performing"--a work outside of the home or face-to-face teaching.


At 04:18 PM 01/03/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>Let me get this straight...universities are in the practice of loaning titles
>for a fee? Doesn't this violate the whole notion of public performance
>being non-transferrable?
>I sure would like someone to clarify this point, as I am a filmmaker myself
>with one title in educational distribution. The very thought of my hard
work (
>or anyone else's, for that matter) being loaned for a FEE without getting
a cut
>or royalties seems unacceptable, and at least, beyond the reasonable
bounds of
>the public performance clause.
>I never knew this was a common practice, and unless I've misunderstood, it's
>J Rosette
>"Pamela S. Reeves" wrote:
>> Individual departments pay for their own rentals here. There are
>> Universities that loan titles for a fee that is usually cheaper than you
>> would pay to rent from the distributor (if the distributor allows that). I
>> usually supply them with the information on how to obtain the material from
>> another university, if it is available.
>> Pamela Sue Reeves
>> University of Wyoming
>> Audio Visual Services
>> P.O. Box 3273
>> Laramie, WY 82071
>> (307)766-3184
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Tami-Jo M. Eckley []
>> > Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2001 1:44 PM
>> > To: Multiple recipients of list
>> > Subject: renting films
>> >
>> > I was wondering if there are libraries paying for the renting of videos
>> > for campus departments, for example from the filmakers library? Or is
>> > general practice that the department would pay for the rental? Thanks
>> > input and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
>> >
>> > --
>> > Tami-Jo Eckley
>> > Electronic Services & Media Librarian
>> > Manhattanville College Library
>> > Purchase, New York 10577
>> >
>> > Tel:(914) 323-5274
>> > Fax:(914) 694-8139
>> > ______________________________________
>> >
>> > --