Re: Banned Chinese films

Marcia M. Parsons (
Wed, 2 Oct 2002 14:07:59 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Sara, I'm on this list, and I would go for it. We had a case, years ago
about Cuba's music, with the same decision. Marcia

At 01:50 PM 10/2/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Hello Videolibbers,
>I'd love to hear your opinions about this situation....
>My colleague, our Chinese Studies librarian, is very interested in adding
>several Chinese film titles to the collection, all of which have been
>banned by the Chinese government. No "legal" copies are therefore
>available for purchase; however, she's located a vendor (based in the US)
>who has pirated copies of these titles for sale.
>We would both very much like to add these titles to the collection, not
>least because faculty are clamoring for them, and research interest in them
>on campus is extensive. The fact that the films have been banned for
>political reasons, and that the filmmakers themselves may very well welcome
>the wider distribution of these films, is also encouraging me to take a
>risk in this case--but the issues involved are obviously complex. (I could
>make a crack about the Chinese government's notorious lack of attention to
>US copyright law, but I shouldn't....) Frankly, copyright seems a small
>consideration compared to the larger issues at hand. A few of the titles
>are below, in case any of you know Chinese. What would YOU do?! Thanks
>for any words of wisdom,
>Xiao wu
>Wu shan yun yu
>Dong gong xi gong
>Gui zi lai le
>Sara Seten Berghausen
>Librarian for Literature & Theater Studies, Interim Film/Video Librarian
>Reference Department, 113 Perkins Library, Box 90175
>919-660-5881, Fax 919-684-2855
>108 Lilly Library, Box 90725
>919-660-5886, Fax 919-660-5999
>Duke University Libraries
>Durham, NC 27708