Re: Lease for Life?

Rick Faaberg (
Wed, 4 Sep 2002 12:26:17 -0700 (PDT)

On 9/4/02 12:00 PM, "LeeAnne Krause" <> sent this out:

> I was looking through some old contracts for 16mm films we have, and
> noticed that some of them were "leased for the life of the print." I'm
> relatively new in the media world, and wasn't around when any of the
> 16mm films were obtained. How does a "lease for life" differ from a
> sale? I had heard a rumor that it affects how we can handle our
> collection: for example, if we needed to weed our collection for
> whatever reason, we could not discard or donate our prints. For my
> information, can anyone substantiate or refute this?
> In gratitude,
> LeeAnne K.
> LeeAnne L. Krause

Essentially (like computer software) you purchase a license to use the
copyrighted work in certain ways for the life of the media. You are not
purchasing the title, only the rights to use it.

Now in terms of license transfer, that should be possible with an agreement
with the copyright holder I'd think.

In terms of discard... just to make sure we're not in violation, when we
discard media we actually destroy/make the media unusable.

Rick Faaberg