Re: Fair use (again!)

MileFilms@aol.com
Mon, 26 Nov 2001 11:47:47 -0800 (PST)

In a message dated 11/26/01 2:01:34 PM, brancoli@indiana.edu writes:

<< I disagree with Gary because it would be legal to show the entire film in
class. Why not clips? Why is this any different from cueing up the
videotape or skipping around on the DVD? As long as the prof used a legal
copy for the clips, I don't really see why the convenience of putting them
on a tape should be a real problem. We're still talking about
face-to-face teaching.

I would put the entire film on reserve, just to be on the safe side. But
I don't think putting the tape with clips on reserve represents a very
serious risk. -- Kris >>

I agree with Gary. Anytime anyone makes a dupe copy of a legal tape (and as
Barbara says, she doesn't even know the source, so one can't just assume) for
any use would bother me. It's mostly the legal aspect, but there's an
artistic aspect as well. Not only is the professor making a new version of
the film for use outside of face-to-face classroom instruction (where time
restraints are an admitted factor), but an inferior copy to "boot" (pun
intended). In my dealings with directors and filmmakers, they are horrified
at some of the ways their films are presented, and in terms of quality, this
would definitely be one of them.

I would put the original tape or DVD on reserve with the professor's notes on
the scenes to look at.

Dennis Doros
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