Here's the email I need to respond to. The issue I want to address is
public performance licenses. Claire is the Library Director. Carol
Knutson is the facutly member who is organinzing the film series, which is
open to the public. I have emailed and talked briefly with her several
times about licenses, but we were never able to sit down and make sure
she really got it. (Her response to a long email explaining about public
performances led me to believe she had understood, but obviously she
hadn't.) Carol sent this message to Claire and me.
I would very much appreciate responses explaining about public
performances and quoting the Copyright Law that I can forward to Claire
and Carol and the library administration.
Carol Knutson writes:
Claire informs us that we don't need a public showing license if we are
going to show a film for our students and the community that we don't
charge admission for. This was my question last term. Last year we paid
one hundred and fifty dollars for the public showing license of
Almodovar's film. This year, I requested four hundred dollars from Lara's
lecture series fund to revive the popular Rainy Day Film Fest at the PAC.
We discovered, after ordering the films, that we did indeed need public
showing licenses and that Sony had raised the price to three hundred and
fifty dollars per film, almost our entire budget.
My question to Claire, is there a difference in vendor fee? If so,
could we contact Sony and get a refund? Would you have time Maria to give
Claire the address and contact name of the vendor so that she can inform
them of their mistake? Or is there a different policy with each vendor
that we contact? Would the library be able to write up a policy on film
orders so that the faculty can know who to contact and how to proceed with
film orders in the future? Thank you. Carol Knutson, Film Studies