Tiered pricing just seems wrong to me. (It's like only selling a house to
'certain' people.) Unless it comes with some kind of added value, a copy is
a copy. The right to show our video to as many people as can be crammed
into a single room seems to be implicit in the technology and copyright law.
So I don't see the value/need for an educational or library price.
PS If we ever lower the price, it will be across the board.
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Gail Fedak
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] tiered pricing
I was curious what the increased prices offered at each step, so I asked.
Basically, the library price arbitrary, presumably because more people have
an opportunity to see one of their titles in a library than one sitting in
someone's home. The university price is to cover the fact that the title
will be used in classes (I guess that means in front of lots of people).
When I pointed out that classroom use was legal even with the home use
price, she (unidentified) said that the company just decided to price their
programs this way. I pushed for our closed circuit use to be included with
the university price, and she seemed to have no problem with that. Not
surprisingly, they don't do purchase on approvals, either. Still don't like
the price, but at least they didn't require a separate, renewable license!
Here's to friends of the library making donations,
Gail B. Fedak
Manager, Instructional Media Resources
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jed Horovitz" <JedH@videopipeline.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 11:32 AM
Subject: [Videolib] tiered pricing
> I don't understand this. Does it violate anti-trust and doesn't the first
> sale doctrine make it impossible to enforce?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Gary Handman
> Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 11:23 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [Videolib] Damned in the USA
> Occurs to me that, in the spirit of truth in vending, the tiers should be
> "poor, poorer, and poorest" -- then again, it's difficult to say who
> belongs where on these tiers...
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