I have encountered one dvd recently that expressly permits (and
encourages) the copying and showing of the item -- MoveOn.org's Bush in 30
Seconds DVD via the Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/). The
agreement reads as follows:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd-nc/1.0/ . Maybe we'll be seeing
more of this in the future -- at any rate, I found their site very
Meghann R. Matwichuk
Instructional Media Department
University of Delaware
181 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19717
On Tue, 27 Apr 2004, Nagle, Tiffany wrote:
> I have a group that has asked to rent our library's auditorium. On asking
> what the event was, she replied that they were going to show "Bowling for
> Columbine" at no charge to the public. I asked if she knew about getting the
> public performance rights for the film, and she replied that Michael Moore
> was allowing anyone to show this movie for free.
> Now, they plan on using their own copy of the film, not the library's, but
> I'm still "iffy" about the legality of the performance rights. As far as I
> can tell from our copy, the case shows the standard wording "Any public
> performance...is strictly prohibited." Plus, I don't see anything mentioned
> on the web site for the film. I would think that this information would be
> provided somewhere if he really was advocating free showings.
> Has anyone heard about this situation for "Bowling for Columbine"? Thanks!
> Tiffany Nagle, MLS
> Audiovisual Librarian
> Beale Memorial Library/Kern County Library
> ph (661) 868-0784
> fax (661) 868-0831
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