Re: copyright question

John Streepy (
Fri, 24 Jan 2003 13:16:13 -0800 (PST)

Just a thought, I don't think a single person watching a video is a copyright problem which may be why it is not put in there, it probably would fall under the right of first sale. The patron is borrowing the tape but not leaving the library with it. My $.02, and with inflation it really isn't worth that much.

>>> 01/24/03 12:23PM >>>
No. Although some "industry" pit bulls will try to tell you differently,
it's the common consensus that single-person viewing of video in a library
is probably supportable (altho this exemption not explicitly addressed in
the C law). Multiple viewers of a video are, obviously, more problematic...

At 12:10 PM 1/24/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>Is there an need for a PPR for patrons to veiw videos circulated at the
>From: Marilyn Huntley <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: Re: copyright question
>Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 08:33:17 -0800 (PST)
>Gary answered you thoroughly, in 3 words. This will be longer!
>You were absolutely correct about needing PPR for a free movie showing in
>your public library. I can think of 3 basic ways for your library to show a
>movie legally, with PPR, depending on the particular video you're showing
>and the kind of advertising you want to do.
>1) If you purchased it from a distributor/vendor whose video sales include
>PPR, you may advertise and show it without further ado. If you don't know
>the PPR status of the video, maybe someone in the Onondaga County Public
>Library system has compiled a list of holdings that are known to be okay
>for public performance. I know that your neighbor, the Mid-York Library
>System, provides such a list to their member libraries.
>2) Your library may purchase an annual umbrella license from the MPLC,
>which will permit you to show videos from their list of cooperating motion
>picture studios and independent producers. However, you may not charge
>admission or advertise actual titles. Look them up here -
>3) If it's a home-use video that's not from an MPLC affiliate and/or you
>want to advertise the title of the film, you need to locate the distributor
>who holds the PPR rights, and purchase from them a license for each showing.
>We've discussed this question again and again. But that's beauty of this
>listserv. There are always new members joining us, and even we seasoned
>veterans find ourselves facing new twists on the same old questions.
>I'm on this list because of my job as media rental coordinator for this
>college, and I've learned all about PPR from you folks. Now I can be the
>wet blanket on the board of trustees of my local public library who pipes
>up in a meeting and says, "Hey, we can't do that!" In fact, just last night
>I took to our board meeting a copy of the MPLC brochure, to document my
>most recent attempt at explaining to skeptical colleagues just why it is
>that we can't have a movie night at the library.
>Marilyn Huntley
>At 06:43 AM 1/24/03 -0800, Holly wrote:
> >This has been a great discussion but I must confess I'm getting confused.
> >A few years ago I wanted to run a 'movie night' at my library. We'd show
> >a feature film, eat popcorn, then have a small discussion after. I was
> >told I needed to get PPR before I did this. The viewing would have been
> >free, we would show a video owned by my library, and there would be NO
> >commercial gain to the institution - merely some use statistics for the
> >bean counters.
> >
> >Am I wrong to assume I need PPR for this sort of purpose?
> >--
> >Holly Sammons, Librarian
> >Onondaga County Public Library
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Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley