Re: PAL Conversions

Marcia M. Parsons (marcia@mail.utexas.edu)
Wed, 28 Aug 2002 08:55:50 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks, Jessica. Exactly the point I've striven to make over the years.
Best, Marcia
The Fine Arts Library
UTexas at Austin

At 08:47 AM 8/28/02 -0700, you wrote:
>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
>--
>Jessica Rosner
>Kino International
>333 W 39th St. 503
>NY NY 10018
>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
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>> 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
>>>
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>>> 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
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