Re: PAL Conversions

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Wed, 28 Aug 2002 08:47:53 -0700 (PDT)

I hate to be cruel but you don't have a recourse. If a book goes out of
print you can't just make photocopies for a class. For various reasons
lots and lots of books, videos & dvds ( now) go out of print. Only the
SMALLEST fraction of films have ever been released on video or DVD but that
is how it works. Rights holders get to decide what they will release and in
what format. In theory you could offer Fox $250,000 for rights to THE
LEOPARD or you could buy a PAL copy and show it on a PAL player but they as
the rights holder have chosen not to release it in the United States so it
is not even out of print just not available.
Frankly faculty seem to expect that any film ever made ought to be available
to them in the format they find most convenient but this is not going to
happen. If a title is out of print than try to find a good used LEGAL copy
but in reality many films WILL NEVER BE RELEASED ON VIDEO OR DVD and
academics will just have to make do with what they can get

Jessica

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Jessica Rosner
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jrosner@kino.com

> From: Chris McNevins <Chris.McNevins@uconn.edu> > Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu > Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 08:24:08 -0700 (PDT) > To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> > Subject: RE: PAL Conversions > > What about out of print titles? What's our recourse then? > > Chris (Christine) McNevins > University Library Assistant II > chris.mcnevins@uconn.edu > PHONE: 860-486-3842 > FAX: 860-486-6493 > *************************** > University of Connecticut > Homer Babbidge Library > Collections Services Area > Acquisitions--Monographs > 369 Fairfield Road / Unit 1005 > Storrs, CT 06269-1005 > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Jessica Rosner [mailto:jrosner@kino.com] > Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2002 9:57 AM > To: Multiple recipients of list > Subject: Re: PAL Conversions > > > YES. You can't convert a video to another format for your convenience > anymore than you can translate a book, transfer film to video etc. Any > transfer from one format to another on a copyrighted work requires the > permission of a copyright holder. Since it is relatively easy to use > a multi-system player you have this option for legitimate use a PAL copy > but it is never legal to make any copies in any format without permission ( > which in reality you would not get anyway) > -- > Jessica Rosner > Kino International > 333 W 39th St. 503 > NY NY 10018 > jrosner@kino.com > >> From: Darla Moore <Darla.M.Moore@Rollins.edu> >> Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu >> Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 06:29:10 -0700 (PDT) >> To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> >> Subject: PAL Conversions >> >> This is a multi-part message in MIME format. >> >> --Boundary_(ID_R9wklXRjQFtiC6VHRx5CTA) >> Content-type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii >> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT >> >> Hello, >> I hope someone can help me with this question. Is it considered a >> copyright violation to convert a foreign film from PAL to NTSC format if >> the video is used only for purposes that meet fair use guidelines? >> Thank you, >> Darla Moore >> Rollins College >> >> >> --Boundary_(ID_R9wklXRjQFtiC6VHRx5CTA) >> Content-type: text/x-vcard; charset=us-ascii; name=dmmoore.vcf >> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT >> Content-disposition: attachment; filename=dmmoore.vcf >> Content-description: Card for Darla Moore >> >> begin:vcard >> n:Moore;Darla >> x-mozilla-html:FALSE >> org:Rollins College;Olin Library >> adr:;;;;;; >> version:2.1 >> title:Acquisitions Supervisor >> fn:Darla Moore >> end:vcard >> >> --Boundary_(ID_R9wklXRjQFtiC6VHRx5CTA)--