Re: [Videolib] Copyright update

Troy Davis (
Tue, 27 Apr 2004 16:18:42 -0400

Well, my first thoughts are that your specialist is, again, with all due
respect, wrong. Section 108(i) does indeed bar copying, for a patron’s
private study or for interlibrary loan, of a musical work, a pictorial,
graphic or sculptural work and an audiovisual work or motion picture.
Section 108 however places NO limits on the types of works that can be
copied for preservation purposes. In fact, three copies can be made,
and one of ‘em can be digital.

Jessica Rosner wrote:

> Well I asked my copyright expert ( who is a specialist in this but I won't
> mention his name) to comment on this issue and this is what I got
> They are referring to section 108 of the US copyright law.
> When you read this, you see that it seems to cover
> the copying of damaged materials... except that in
> subsection (i), it excludes motion pictures.
> He is correct. He had always told me that this section was
> meant to refer to ONLY to audio recordings but I never understood that
> before.
> Kind of puts this in a whole new light
> Comments anyone ?

M. Troy Davis
Media Services Librarian
University of Tennessee Libraries :: The Studio
245 John C. Hodges Library
Knoxville, TN 37996

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