video gifts and copyright

Sebastian Derry (
Mon, 13 Jan 2003 15:15:20 -0800 (PST)


I am new to the profession and new to this list, so pardon this
copyright question if it has been previously addressed.

Our library has recently acquired a gift donation of 70+ VHS videos
and about a dozen DVDs. What's unique about this lot is that though
they are all brand new, they are all marked as 'Review' and 'For Your
Consideration' copies. Most of them are copies/episodes of TV shows
(e.g. Law and Order) or HBO/SHOWTIME specials and made-for-TV movies
produced in the last couple of years. The donor likely acquired them
as member of the Academies of Television Arts & Sciences/Motion
Picture Arts & Sciences.

While the DVD boxes are clearly marked with "These DVDs are the
property of X. They are being lent for the purposes of personal
review by the recipient and may not be used for any other purpose or
transferred to any third party" there is NO similar
markings/copyright warnings of any kind on any of the video boxes or
tapes themselves. In fact, the videotapes have only generic computer
laser-printed labels affixed, outlining the contents. I have viewed a
couple of the tapes and at the very end you do find the standard
copyright information.

The question is, has anyone out there had any experience with/advice
for dealing with a similar donation such as this?

I'm assuming that the viewing/copyright restrictions for the videos
would be the same as the DVDs, which would preclude adding them to
the collection.

Thanks for your help.

Sebastian Derry <>
Fine Arts Librarian
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive #9936
Missoula MT 59812-9936
Tel: (406) 243-4402
Fax: (406) 243-6864 

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