RE: why won't this video play?

Woodward, Julia (
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 11:34:49 -0700 (PDT)

I don't think that making one copy is illegal, as long as the original is
destroyed (i.e. PAL formatted tape is destroyed once VHS is made.) This is
something that discouraged students from having tapes transferred to VHS at
the last library where I worked--often they had tapes mailed to them from
home, but couldn't view them on American machines; however, they wanted to
keep the PAL tape to use when they returned home.

If this is an incorrect interpretation, I'm sure someone here will let me
know : )

Julia Woodward
Access Librarian
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
(410) 777-2631

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Handman []
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 2:27 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: why won't this video play?


If the item is protected under the Bern Convention on copyright (and I'm
sure it is), copying from one format to another
is most likely illegal--i.e. as in the US, copying = derivative work = one
of the exclusive rights of the copyright holder.


At 11:07 AM 6/21/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>At 10:29 AM -0700 6/21/02, Renee Zurn wrote:
> >The video is ..., labeled VHS PAL ...
>PAL (European) format VHS tapes will not play on NTSC (regular US) players.
>She may be able to have a copy made to NTSC for a fee in your area.
>Here at the Learning Studio we have a deck that plays both formats and
>staff occasionally bring in their PAL tapes to make a NTSC copy they can
>Gilles Poitras
>Learning Studio, Exploratorium Museum

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley