[Videolib] Public Performance Rights

Nancy Miller (NMILLER@vbgov.com)
Mon, 21 Apr 2003 11:33:23 -0400

A librarian in our system has planned an all staff night to watch a feature film. The people in attendance will all be staff members and/or members of their families. No general public will be included.

I am under the impression that public performance rights will be needed. The person planning it is a new staff member who says she has done this at a previous library and that she consulted "the movie studios" and has been told public performance rights are not needed under the above described conditons.

As the "resident expert" I've been asked to interpret the law. As I said, I think the performance rights are needed.

What say you all? And can you give me the exact citation to the law that I'll need to plead the case.

Please reply directly to me and copy the list.

Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom.


Nancy M. Miller, MSLS
Collection Development Librarian
Virginia Beach Public Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452-1767

Voice: 757-431-3046

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