RE: why won't this video play?

Gary Handman (
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 11:54:22 -0700 (PDT)

Making one copy is illegal. period.


At 11:34 AM 6/21/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>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
> >play.
> >
> >
> >Gilles Poitras
> >Learning Studio, Exploratorium Museum
> >
>Gary Handman
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley