audiobook copyright issues

Scott Lehman (
Tue, 7 Jan 2003 14:41:29 -0800 (PST)

Sorry to be slightly off the subject of videos, but while we are on the
copyright subject...

Our library has a huge collection of audiobooks, both on cassette and CD.
If a single cassette or CD gets broken (or a patron loses it), we try to
get a replacement of the single cassette or CD from the company. The larger
companies offer replacement tapes/CDs, but some companies do not. And of
course some are out of print. Since we have multiple copies of many of
these audiobooks in our collection, if we can't get one from the company,
we will occasionally make a copy of the cassette or CD.

There are two reasons for this: first, I don't like having to withdraw a
$100 item with 20 tapes or discs just because one is missing, and second, I
feel as though the copy is an "archived" copy, and we still have the same
number of copyrighted items as what we have paid for. Whether this argument
holds up, or it is just me trying to assuage my guilt, I'm not sure.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I would prefer to order only from
companies that offer replacements, but that just isn't possible.

-Scott Lehman

Scott Lehman
Audio Visual Services
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library