Re: [Videolib] Public Performance licensing question

Jessica Rosner (
Tue, 11 May 2004 15:39:13 -0400

> Yeah, we don't report either (to Movie Licensing USA, a division of Swank),
> but the branch managers pretty much run all of the titles by me first. If a
> title is not covered under the blanket license we usually pay a small fee to
> Swank if they own the PPR on it.
> Marc Syp
> Supervisor, Film Library
> St. Louis Public Library
> 314.206.6704

well it is hardly your fault. You really have no way of knowing that
a film released by Warner Bros , Columbia etc is NOT covered by
the license and it gets even trickier as rights expire and change hands.
Frankly for standard blockbusters & kids films I suspect you would rarely
go wrong but as usual with foreign, independent and some classic films
there is a possibility of believing something is covered when it is not
For things like the Chaplin films and NOWHERE IN AFRICA I strongly suspect
that more than a few libraries may well have shown these.

In an attempt to provide an easy one stop shopping, Movie Licensing
doesn't really want to be bothered with what to them I imagine
are small details. However I believe this could be easily resolved by having
a MASTER LIST ON LINE that should be checked and kept up to date Again it
brings up the intriguing though admittedly irrelevant to US question of how
many actors, directors , writers etc get screwed in this since money is NOT
reported to a SPECIFIC title

As for our friend in Canada. You have my sympathy. I have NO IDEA
how you guys manage when such a large number of films can't be covered
by PPR and you have no face to face teaching exemption.

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> > > -----Original Message----- > From: > []On Behalf Of Stephen > Davies > Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 12:20 PM > To: > Subject: Re: [Videolib] Public Performance licensing question > > > > > > > > Jessica, > our two blanket licenses are for Audio Ciné ( > ) and Criterion (VEC Criterion) ( ). > > We do not receive a title list or printed catalogue of available > films. > We expect our instructors to search the online databases at the > websites listed above, and then to query us about the rights for films > which aren't listed but which are distributed by the major studios which > are represented. Sometimes an email or phone call gets a clearance for a > film which wasn't listed: e.g. _Willard_ (1971), which had been pulled > while the _Willard_ (2003) remake was in theatres. > I'm still not sure why both distributors lists _Streetcar named > desire_ (1951) as theirs!?!?! > > As part of our license, instructors are required to report to me > (Library Classroom Services) their film usage, which I then collate and > report back to the distributors. (Reminder: Canadians need PPR even for > face-to-face instruction situations.) > The British Columbia-wide blanket licenses, as co-ordinated by > Langara College, Vancouver, has dispensed with the reporting for all the > schools in the province. It turns out that it's all in how you negotiate! > > Stephen Davies > Mount Royal College, Calgary > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- > --------------------------------------------------- > > This communication is intended for the use of the recipient to which it is > addressed, and may > contain confidential, personal, and or privileged information. Please > contact the sender > immediately if you are not the intended recipient of this communication, > and do not copy, > distribute, or take action relying on it. Any communication received in > error, or subsequent > reply, should be deleted or destroyed > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > >

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