Re: [Videolib] public performance in public libraries

MileFilms@aol.com
Wed, 4 Jun 2003 10:48:42 EDT

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I have to agree 100% with Jessica on this one. (Does anyone have any good
videos on the history of cork?). No matter what briefs are filed and what people
think, the copyright laws are very clear on the definition of public
performance.

A don't ask, don't tell, just ignore, policy might work with an unjust or
immoral law but copyright laws were created to reward artists and creators for
their work. Should librarians be volunteers (like most local firemen) because a
library is nonprofit and a worthy community cause? Should libraries be allowed
to photocopy books instead of buying them because they cost too much? No, of
course not. (And firemen should be paid, but that's another debate...)

Screwing over MGM, Warner Brothers and Disney because they're big
conglomerates may be very 1960s (an era I'm quite fond of, actually) or anti-Bill Gates,
but in itself is a morally shaky stance. To screw over a small distributor or
filmmaker who probably needs to pay their bills is just as shaky, but can't
even be covered by this philosophy. (Being a small distributor, I know how
important those checks are to many of our directors and producers.) And the concept
that "no one will ever find out" is even more reprehensible.

If a patron takes out a video and shows it in their dorm or a public venue
without the librarian's knowledge, I wouldn't sue or even blame the library. But
a librarian who knowingly allows this and condones it (not to mention on
their own premises), I would be very disappointed in them and find it extremely
unprofessional.

Tracy was right to ask. And again, I agree with Jessica. There have been many
times I've allowed public performances for free because it was a charitable
cause or the group was thoughtful enough to seek permission and was so small
that I didn't think it fair to charge them extra.

Doesn't ANYONE read the ethicist column in the New York Times Sunday
magazine???

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com

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I have to agree 100% with Jessica on this one= . (Does anyone have any good videos on the history of cork?). No matter what= briefs are filed and what people think, the copyright laws are very clear o= n the definition of public performance.

A don't ask, don't tell, just ignore, policy might work with an unjust or im= moral law but copyright laws were created to reward artists and creators for= their work. Should librarians be volunteers (like most local firemen) becau= se a library is nonprofit and a worthy community cause? Should libraries be=20= allowed to photocopy books instead of buying them because they cost too much= ? No, of course not. (And firemen should be paid, but that's another debate.= ..)

Screwing over MGM, Warner Brothers and Disney because they're big conglomera= tes may be very 1960s (an era I'm quite fond of, actually) or anti-Bill Gate= s, but in itself is a morally shaky stance. To screw over a small distributo= r or filmmaker who probably needs to pay their bills is just as shaky, but c= an't even be covered by this philosophy. (Being a small distributor, I know=20= how important those checks are to many of our directors and producers.) And=20= the concept that "no one will ever find out" is even more reprehensible.
If a patron takes out a video and shows it in their dorm or a public venue w= ithout the librarian's knowledge, I wouldn't sue or even blame the library.=20= But a librarian who knowingly allows this and condones it (not to mention on= their own premises), I would be very disappointed in them and find it extre= mely unprofessional.

Tracy was right to ask. And again, I agree with Jessica. There have been man= y times I've allowed public performances for free because it was a charitabl= e cause or the group was thoughtful enough to seek permission and was so sma= ll that I didn't think it fair to charge them extra.

Doesn't ANYONE read the ethicist column in the New York Times Sunday magazin= e???

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com
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