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"You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld
On Wed, 25 Apr 2001, John Holland wrote:
> 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 a long time ago, and assumed it was no longer valid, but as I mentioned, I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