cc revisited

Robin Feinland (
Wed, 10 Oct 2001 10:48:01 -0700 (PDT)

Hi all,

I know closed captioning has been discussed many times and I've
looked back at all my old messages about the topic, but I guess I'm
looking for clearer answer. I was asked by our Disabilities Services
Office if they could use some of their funds to have some of our most
popular videos closed captioned. It seems to me this has come up
before and I'm concerned about whether we have the permission to do
this without contacting the copyright holder of the tape (since we
are making another copy and altering the content of the tape). Do
they need to approve or authorize the actual captioning?
I think there is some exemption if tapes are captioned/copied for
this purpose, but I can't find the actual language I'm looking for.

Many people recommended wonderful sites to check on the Internet, and
I've looked at them, but I can't seem to find a clear answer to this.
Am I missing the obvious? Can someone either explain what I need to
do or maybe direct me to the part of one of these sites that directly
addresses this? I already know places where we can have the tapes
captioned, I'm really just looking whether I need permission, and if
so, who do I need to ask? Sorry to ask again if this was already
answered, but the past messages I looked at didn't seem to give me
the answer I was looking for. Anyone know where I can just find a
clear answer in writing? Oh, and I don't know if it makes any
difference, but none of these tapes are feature films. They are all
independent documentaries.

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who can help.



Robin G. Feinland                  Phone:  (617) 349-8863
Media Resources Specialist     Fax:      (617) 349-8867
Ludcke Library                        e-mail:
Lesley University
30 Mellen Street
Cambridge, MA 02138