RE: [Videolib] RE: public performance rights

VENTURA, GERIE (GVENTURA@highline.edu)
Tue, 13 Apr 2004 14:17:36 -0700

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Brilliant. Thank you, Dennis. I really appreciate it.
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Sometimes the most diplomatic response isn't the most ready answer, for =
me...so I ask you'all for help.
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Thank you everyone.
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Gerie Ventura
Des Moines, WA

-----Original Message-----
From: MileFilms@aol.com [mailto:MileFilms@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 1:16 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] RE: public performance rights

In a message dated 4/13/04 2:28:27 PM, GVENTURA@highline.edu writes:

A conscientious student group on campus (not all groups on campus have =
been so proactive in the past) actually asked if they needed public =
performance rights for a certain title (Inside Mecca) and I did my best =
to hunt down the information. (The answer was "no, not available for =
that title.")
Once I relayed that info back to the group they stared at me blankly =
like, "Ok, well, now what?"
Does anyone have any ideas on what to say in that situation? "You're on =
your own?" "Good luck, don't tell me if you break the law."
I'd appreciate some better ideas than just staring blankly back at the =
library patron.

Well! Certainly, "don't tell me if you break the law" is not the best =
answer!!!

"I'm sorry, but it happens" is a very good response (see below for even =
better). I don't know if it's the by-product of an affluent society or =
the proliferation of the internet culture, but the concept that =
EVERYTHING should be available under all circumstances is a lovely =
utopian concept. That's okay and it's something to strive for. As a =
closet socialist, I'm willing to have the Government support me so I can =
supply every one of our films for free. :-)=20

But the concept that if something is not available today, then it's okay =
to break the law, is a dangerous one.

Two reasons not to play it without PPR.=20
1) It's unethical (it's also illegal, but I like to think morality =
comes up for consideration first and foremost)
2) Who says the company didn't have its reasons? If a distributor =
who does not own the PPR sells a videotape to a college and it's used =
improperly, it can cause them problems with the producer. Trust me.

BETTER YET, you can give the name and phone number of the distributor to =
the student and let them talk to the person there. It might lead to a =
better understanding of the situation and perhaps a solution to the =
problem.

BEST YET, help the student find another film or video that can serve the =
student's needs instead of the film they can't have. It's the wonderful =
service that librarians do every day of the year. When a filmmaker calls =
me and says he can't get a film clip or piece of music he desperately =
wants and what should he do, I suggest he gets rid of his or her =
preconceived notion and think imaginatively. It almost ALWAYS works out =
better than the original plans.

Secondly,=20

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
Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com

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Brilliant. Thank=20 you, Dennis. I really appreciate it.
 
Sometimes the most=20 diplomatic response isn't the most ready answer, for me...so I ask = you'all for=20 help.
 
Thank = you=20 everyone.
 
Gerie=20 Ventura
Des = Moines,=20 WA
-----Original Message-----
From: MileFilms@aol.com=20 [mailto:MileFilms@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 = 1:16=20 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re:=20 [Videolib] RE: public performance rights


In a=20 message dated 4/13/04 2:28:27 PM, GVENTURA@highline.edu writes:

A=20 conscientious student group on campus (not all groups on campus have = been so=20 proactive in the past) actually asked if they needed public = performance=20 rights for a certain title (Inside Mecca) and I did my best to hunt = down the=20 information. (The answer was "no, not available for that = title.")
Once I=20 relayed that info back to the group they stared at me blankly like, = "Ok,=20 well, now what?"
Does anyone have any ideas on what to say = in that=20 situation? "You're on your own?" "Good luck, don't tell me if you = break the=20 law."
I'd appreciate some better ideas than just staring = blankly=20 back at the library patron.

Well! Certainly, "don't tell me if you break = the law"=20 is not the best answer!!!

"I'm sorry, but it happens" is a very = good=20 response (see below for even better). I don't know if it's the = by-product of=20 an affluent society or the proliferation of the internet culture, but = the=20 concept that EVERYTHING should be available under all circumstances is = a=20 lovely utopian concept. That's okay and it's something to strive for. = As a=20 closet socialist, I'm willing to have the Government support me so I = can=20 supply every one of our films for free. :-)

But the concept = that if=20 something is not available today, then it's okay to break the law, is = a=20 dangerous one.


Two=20 reasons not to play it without PPR.
     1) = It's=20 unethical (it's also illegal, but I like to think morality comes up = for=20 consideration first and foremost)
     2) Who = says the=20 company didn't have its reasons? If a distributor who does not own the = PPR=20 sells a videotape to a college and it's used improperly, it can cause = them=20 problems with the producer. Trust me.

BETTER YET, you can give = the name=20 and phone number of the distributor to the student and let them talk = to the=20 person there. It might lead to a better understanding of the situation = and=20 perhaps a solution to the problem.

BEST YET, help the student = find=20 another film or video that can serve the student's needs instead of = the film=20 they can't have. It's the wonderful service that librarians do every = day of=20 the year. When a filmmaker calls me and says he can't get a film clip = or piece=20 of music he desperately wants and what should he do, I suggest he gets = rid of=20 his or her preconceived notion and think imaginatively. It almost = ALWAYS works=20 out better than the original plans.

Secondly,

Dennis=20 Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, = NJ=20 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201)=20 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
Website:=20 http://www.milestonefilms.com

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