Re: Copyright question

Gary Handman (
Fri, 8 Nov 2002 08:16:02 -0800 (PST)

You are right on. Size doesn't matter (neither does purpose). It's public
performance no matter how you cut it.


At 07:29 AM 11/8/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>Would someone be kind enough to let me know whether I have answered this
>copyright question correctly:
>A student club wants to show a movie on campus, either one of the
>Library's or a Blockbuster DVD. They expect only 10-15 members to attend,
>and no admission will be charged. I have told them that this is still
>considered a "public performance" and we would have to seek permission
>and/or pay a licensing fee. Do you agree? It seems to me that the issue
>is not whether this is a small group and the public will not be invited,
>or that the club is educational in purpose. It is not part of a class
>(face-to-face teaching experience) so this is "public" in the eyes of the
>law. Do you agree?
>Barbara Koeller
>Ass't. Director, Library/AV Services
>Montgomery County Community College
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Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley