RE: [Videolib] metaphors

Elizabeth Stanley (
Thu, 17 Jul 2003 11:50:17 -0400

Dear Jed,

Be careful with metaphors. An independent documentary video is not a house.
Sometimes even a house is not a house. A house with the same specs, same
square footage, will sell for $67,000 in Indiana, $1.4 mil in San Francisco,
and a mere $2.8 mil in Aspen. It just seems wrong to me, too.

A video is not a house...or a toaster.


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> Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 10:33:20 AM
> To:
> Cc: Greg Hittelman
> Subject: RE: [Videolib] tiered pricing
> Auto forwarded by a Rule
Fascinating. I am selling a DVD for $50.00. People (maybe half a dozen)
keep telling me that it is too expensive. My reply is always: 'Ask your
library to buy it and you not only share the cost but the benefit. Better
yet, buy a copy and donate it to your library when you are done.'

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.

-----Original Message-----
[]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
phone 615-898-2740
fax 615-898-2530

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jed Horovitz" <>
To: <>
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?
> Jed
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Gary Handman
> Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 11:23 AM
> To:
> 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...
> gary
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