[Videolib] forwarding this note...

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Fri, 14 Mar 2003 08:55:10 -0800

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>From: Liz Shemeley <liz@libraryvideo.com>
>To: "'ghandman@library.berkeley.edu'" <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu>
>Subject: Request Permission to Post
>Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 11:25:47 -0500
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>Hi Gary: Our customer service manager, Tricia Nielsen, asked that I
>forward this to you, with the request that we receive your permission to
>post on VIDEOLIB. It involves information about a company that was selling
>illegally copied Schlessinger Media (and other producers' videos as well)
>into the education market. Thank you.
>
>Liz Shemeley
>________________________________________________________________________________________________
>
>Dear VIDEOLIB Community:
>We recently became aware of a company called Let's Help Foundation that
>has been breaking the law by illegally copying our copyrighted
>Schlessinger Media programs and offering them to schools and libraries for
>free while charging $8.45 for shipping and handling. We have ordered the
>company to cease and desist its operations and the owner of the company
>has taken down their website. We have notified the FBI and Las Vegas, NV
>law enforcement and they are investigating this matter. We will take legal
>action against the company's owner, Ron Starkman.
>
>It is quite possible that Ron Starkman has other similar business fronts
>which offer to give illegally pirated videos to schools for "free" while
>charging librarians a fee for shipping. We urge you to be very careful
>when purchasing videos online from companies who offer deals that seem too
>good to be true. If you have purchased any videos that appear to be
>illegally copied that you believe may not be legitimate, please contact
>our Customer Service Department with the details. (800 843-3620 or
>cs@libraryvideo.com). Most videos produced by reputable educational video
>producers will contain professionally printed labels and packaging. All
>Schlessinger Media titles will always have professionally printed color
>sleeves and packaging.
>
>It is our goal to eradicate video pirates and we greatly appreciate all of
>the librarians that brought this matter to our attention. Thank you.
>
>Best regards,
>
>Tricia Nielsen
>Customer Service Manager
>Library Video Company & Schlessinger Media
>7 E. Wynnewood Road
>Wynnewood, PA 19096

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
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From: Liz Shemeley <liz@libraryvideo.com>
To: "'ghandman@library.berkeley.edu'" <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Request Permission to Post
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 11:25:47 -0500
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Hi Gary: Our customer service manager, Tricia Nielsen, asked that I forward this to you, with the request that we receive your permission to post on VIDEOLIB. It involves information about a company that was selling illegally copied Schlessinger Media (and other producers' videos as well) into the education market. Thank you.

Liz Shemeley
________________________________________________________________________________________________
Dear VIDEOLIB Community:
We recently became aware of a company called Let's Help Foundation that has been breaking the law by illegally copying our copyrighted Schlessinger Media programs and offering them to schools and libraries for free while charging $8.45 for shipping and handling. We have ordered the company to cease and desist its operations and the owner of the company has taken down their website. We have notified the FBI and Las Vegas, NV law enforcement and they are investigating this matter. We will take legal action against the company's owner, Ron Starkman.

It is quite possible that Ron Starkman has other similar business fronts which offer to give illegally pirated videos to schools for "free" while charging librarians a fee for shipping. We urge you to be very careful when purchasing videos online from companies who offer deals that seem too good to be true. If you have purchased any videos that appear to be illegally copied that you believe may not be legitimate, please contact our Customer Service Department with the details. (800 843-3620 or cs@libraryvideo.com). Most videos produced by reputable educational video producers will contain professionally printed labels and packaging. All Schlessinger Media titles will always have professionally printed color sleeves and packaging.

It is our goal to eradicate video pirates and we greatly appreciate all of the librarians that brought this matter to our attention. Thank you.

Best regards,

Tricia Nielsen
Customer Service Manager
Library Video Company & Schlessinger Media
7 E. Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

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