Institutional v. Home Use Video

Hornbeck, Patty (
Mon, 11 Feb 2002 13:02:00 -0800 (PST)

Today I was searching the Facets site and found two versions of the same
title: a home-use video priced at $40 and an institutional video with public
performance rights for $90. This trend toward double-pricing has been
increasingly evident in the market. PBS now offers both home-use and
institutional video and will sell educational institutions either version.
Some other companies will not sell the home-use version to colleges at all,
but only to individuals. This effectively circumvents the classroom use
exemption for home-use- only videos.
What do you all think about this? I'm not sure how I feel. On the one
hand(Arab Film Distribution being a case in point), you have a distributor
doing important work that should/needs to be subsidized by the higher price.
On the other, the trend infringes on a very important and traditional
educational right.
If I continue to purchase home-use-only videos from PBS, as I mostly do now,
will I consider that short-sighted a few years down the road?
Thanks for your input.
Patricia Hornbeck
Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury, VT 05753

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