Re: audiobook copyright issues

John Streepy (John.Streepy@cwu.EDU)
Tue, 7 Jan 2003 14:48:58 -0800 (PST)

Happy New Year all,
Just to throw my ill informed two cents in, isn't this just the
equivilent of a library using one of its books to repair another one of
its books.

John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
Central Washington University Library
400 E. 8th AVE
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

(509) 963-2861

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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
If a single cassette or CD gets broken (or a patron loses it), we try
get a replacement of the single cassette or CD from the company. The
companies offer replacement tapes/CDs, but some companies do not. And
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
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
$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
number of copyrighted items as what we have paid for. Whether this
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
companies that offer replacements, but that just isn't possible.

-Scott Lehman

Scott Lehman
Audio Visual Services
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library