RE: [Videolib] public performance in public libraries

Jed Horovitz (
Wed, 4 Jun 2003 09:03:51 -0400

I really disagree with Dawn. 'Getting around' this is the problem. We have
to resist the ongoing, incremental effort to expand copyright in favor of
the distribution companies. Only by saying, "The library paid for this and
has the right to show it in the library to patrons", will we stop them from
creating a pay per view society.

It is not a violation of copyright law. The copyright owners want you to
think it is. No where in the copyright law does it state that are they
allowed to create a 'shrink wrap' license by printing 'home use only' on the
cover. If enough of us don't use our FIRST SALE, FAIR USE and FREE SPEECH
rights, they start to claim that as a precendent. Stand up to them.

Just this week, the ALA filed an amicus brief (Baystate Technologies, Inc.
v. Bowers, petition to the U.S. Supreme Court) supporting my position.

Jed Horovitz
Video Pipeline, Inc.
16 S. Haddon Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856 427 9799 x 11

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Dawn Mogle
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] public performance in public libraries

I usually get around this by having someone in the group check out the
video. What they do with it and where is their business! Any group using our
meeting room can book equipment for a video showing and we do not ask what
they are showing. I refuse to be the video police for every video
distributor in America. If the library is sponsoring-yes, we toe the line
or get a license.

Dawn Mogle
Lake Co. Public Library
Merrillville IN

----- Original Message -----
From: "TMontri" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 4:15 PM
Subject: [Videolib] public performance in public libraries

> Hi all,
> I know this type of issue has been on the list often, but I have a
> regarding public performance of videos in public libraries. My library
> a gardening group (and has had several other similar types of community
> groups) that wants to show an instructional videotape that is home use
> The screening will be in our auditorium. Would it be a violation of
> copyright law to allow the group to screen this video in the public
> Or does this type of gathering consistute face-to-face teaching?
> Thanks in advance for your help,
> Tracy Montri
> Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
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