[Videolib] a slightly different copyright question

Scott Lehman (scottl@evpl.org)
Tue, 18 Mar 2003 13:22:09 -0600

Just because we don't have ENOUGH copyright questions come up on this list...

We are in the process of building a huge new Central library that should
open to the public next year. The building will have multiple television
screens throughout the building, as well as in the a/v department. Those
screens will show library information, but the question of what else will
be shown has come up.

Besides collection development, I also produce some videos at our in-house
video production facilities, so we may create some of the content
ourselves. But here is the question: people in administration are going to
want to show clips from movies and videos to promote items in our
department, much like you would see in your local Blockbuster or video
store. I know this could be a tricky scenario legally, because attaining
rights for every single clip would be next to impossible. Do video stores
like Blockbuster, who obviously have their own closed-circuit TV
"stations," have deals with movies studios to do this? Does anyone else
have any experience with this type of thing? I'm wondering if studios are
more open to this kind of viewing, since it IS promoting their product.

Thanks in advance for any insight this list might be able to offer.


Scott Lehman
Audio Visual Services
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

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