Legal Question

John Holland (jholland@chipublib.org)
Wed, 25 Apr 2001 07:46:05 -0700 (PDT)

Recently I have run across some new video releases, mainly on smaller
specilaized labels (but presumably not bootlegs) with the following
disclaimer on the label:
"Warning: This videocassette is licensed for private home use. All other
rights including duplication, broadcast by any means, RENTAL OR LOAN
CIRCULATION FOR PROFIT MAKING AND/OR LIBRARY PURPOSES and all forms of
public display are prohibited." (The emphasis in caps is mine).

Most of this is familiar and understood, but the part about renting or
loaning through a video store or library is new to me. Is this legit? And
if so, why are they selling their videos through vendors which sell to
libraries and video stores? Or is it a lot of hot air?

I remember seeing this on some videos which were purchased by the library
a long time ago, and assumed it was no longer valid, but as I mentioned, I
have several recent purchases that claim the same rights (I will refrain
from naming names right now).

Any opinions and/or expert knowledge is welcome!

John Holland
Chicago Public Library
Media Express
(312)747-4100
jholland@chipublib.org