Re: Editing of a copyrighted tape

Gary Handman (
Tue, 19 Nov 2002 10:49:15 -0800 (PST)

Purchase a replacement and call it quits. The alternative constitutes what
is basically making a derivative work and I wouldn't touch it with a pair
of ten foot tongs.


At 10:04 AM 11/19/2002 -0800, you wrote:

>Here's one that's a little different...
>A faculty person brought in a videotape that she wants edited.
>It seems that someone somehow managed to tape over a section and now
>there is about 2 minutes of static in the middle. She wants us to edit
>out the bad spot -- either by splicing or by making a duplicate that
>doesn't include the blank spot.
>My thoughts are that we shouldn't touch it because either way, we're
>altering the tape. On the other hand, the content has already been
>The program is a documentary that is still available for purchase at a
>reasonable price (but more than the twenty bucks they're willing to
>What do you think?
>Barb Bergman
>Media Services Librarian
>Minnesota State University-Mankato
>(507) 389-5945

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley