Re: [Videolib] public performance in public libraries

Francis C Poole (fpoole@UDel.Edu)
Thu, 5 Jun 2003 08:50:26 -0400 (EDT)

John...A film may involve a number of rights...all owned by different
entities...for example, the music, lyrics, special effects, choreography,
screenplay, etc. I have a friend who is an attorney in the feature
film/entertainment world and he is constantly dealing with the various
rights which may be owned separately but which make up the "whole"
performance of the work It usually comes down to money but what else is
new? I refer again to Title 17. Francis

On Wed, 4 Jun 2003, John Muller wrote:

> on 6/4/03 11:33 AM, Francis C Poole at fpoole@UDel.Edu wrote:
> > Sue or Joe Librarian reading the
> > Wizard of Oz to the public in a Library is not the same as giving a public
> > screening of Victor Fleming's Wizard of Oz or the Wiz.
> Okay, by that logic, how about the public playing of Jim Dale's unabridged
> readings of the Harry Potter books? I realize that this may be a whole side
> topic, but we are talking about the public exhibition/performance of
> copyrighted materials, no? Sue and Joe librarian can read a Potter book out
> loud to a group, but if the IDENTICAL TEXT is played from a Dale recording,
> it would clearly be a public performance violation, as I understand this
> discourse.
> It would seem that medium and conveyance are the operative limitations,
> whether it be film, datastream, video, text, or whathaveyou being
> displayed/performed/exhibited on a public level.
> > As I have too frequently had to remind my colleagues in the
> > print world, a book is not a film. The two are different creatures with
> > different and often multiple sets of rights which may be owned by
> > several entities.
> So what is actually being affected when an item is copyrighted? The
> intellectual property? The performance of said property? Personal usage?
> Public exhibition? The physical appearance? All of the above? None of the
> above? When money is exchanged, is a work "purchased" or is it a licence
> with clearly delineated usage stipulations?
> Like you say, a book is not a film, but both are copyrighted works. Sounds
> like some media forms just have more rights than others...
> --
> John F. Müller
> Sonoma State University Library
> Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center - Multimedia Department
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