Re: videos, distance education, & fair use

Jessica Rosner (
Thu, 15 Mar 2001 11:06:34 -0800 (PST)

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

I really was gonna stay out of this one but I feel compelled to ask, why is it so terrible to order a second or third copy if you need it at another location? I am assuming distance courses also use books. Do you just broadcast them as well ? As a distributor I might be a bit put off if say someone did an intro film course and broadcast one of our titles to 50 distance education sites using only one copy. Apart from the legal ramifications it hardly seems fair. It kind of reminds me of an interview that Godard once gave in which he said that basically Hollywood would make one blockbuster film a year which would just be shown in every theater at once.


> From: Barb Bergman <> > Reply-To: > Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 10:40:28 -0800 (PST) > To: Multiple recipients of list <> > Subject: Re: videos, distance education, & fair use > > Personally, I thought it sounded like fair use to me too, but the Distance > Education section of "Fair Use Harbor" > said otherwise. I mean, > what are you supposed to do? Buy a second copy of a video and mail it to > the remote site? > > Barb > > At 09:58 AM 3/14/2001 -0800, you wrote: >> I dunno. If access to the broadcast is limited strictly to enrolled >> students, I'd vote for this being fair use. >> >> gary >> >> >> >> At 08:45 AM 03/14/2001 -0800, you wrote: >>> I'm working on a presentation on fair use. I've gathered all sorts of good >>> resources (most of which I've learned about from you guys!) but have one >>> question: >>> >>> The sources I have say: >>> When teaching a class via Distance Education, it's NOT okay to broadcast a >>> video without permission. (Even if no one outside the class could access > it.) >>> >>> Is this still correct? Or have there been changes in this doctrine? Any >>> changes in the works? >>> >>> thanks in advance, >>> Barb >>> >>> >>> >>> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-**-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* >>> Barbara J. Bergman Porter Henderson Library >>> Media Librarian Angelo State University >>> ph: (915) 942-2313 Box 11013, ASU Station >>> fax: (915) 942-2198 San Angelo, TX 76909 >>> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-**-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* >>> Buffy: You need to have some fun. >>> Giles: I'll have you know that I have very many relaxing hobbies. >>> Buffy: Such as? >>> Giles: I enjoy cross-referencing. >> >> Gary Handman >> Director >> Media Resources Center >> Moffitt Library >> UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000 >> 510-643-8566 >> >> >> "You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless, >> it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld >> >>