There are all sorts of levels of the type, cost & use of the media involved.
I confess that I am pretty much familiar with feature films
I don't think most "rights holders" are trying to rip off customers or that
educators want to screw rights holders but I just see a general devaluation
of visual media that somehow leads to a perception that it is not protected
in the same way words are.
-- Jessica Rosner Kino International 333 W 39th St. 503 NY NY 10018 firstname.lastname@example.org
> From: Barb Bergman <email@example.com> > Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 14:27:05 -0800 (PST) > To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com> > Subject: Re: videos, distance education, & fair use > > I'm feeling fiesty now that I've stirred up a can of worms with what > started as a hypothetical question.... I'm playing devil's advocate here > since the easy answer to any fair use question is, of course, "Ask for > permission!" > > Okay, a big cartoon lightbulb just lit up over my head: Educators and > films distributors appear to have very different definitions regarding the > meaning of the terms "distance education" and "broadcast" etc. > > When I refer to distance education I mean: A regularly scheduled college > class where all students are listening to the same lecture at the same time > --but some of the students happen to be viewing the instructor through a tv > screen because they're sitting in a classroom 200 miles away. I'm talking > about an average 25 student class with one local and one remote site, not > some huge seminar with multiple locations. This real-time transmission is a > closed circuit. No one, I repeat NO ONE, outside of the classrooms can view > the class. No recording is being made of the class. > > So, in my mind this is not a "broadcast" --I'm not showing a video on the > local public access channel or the campus information network. It's more > like having two TV screens in a huge lecture hall so that everyone has a > good view. > > The issue is not really money. No, I don't have the money to buy two copies > of a $200 video, but the issue is that I shouldn't haven't to. > > For example: Let's say I'm a professor and I'm teaching a biology class. I > have a great film showing the process of mitosis that I use in my regular > class sections; the visuals really help the students grasp the concept. If > I can't show it to the students taking my distance ed section, and I > wouldn't make an illegal copy of the video and mail it to the remote site, > do I just not use it? Doesn't this punish the remote students just because > they aren't able to sit in the same classroom I'm in? How can I consider > this an equal education? > > See where I'm coming from? > > 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.