[Videolib] Re: promotional copies

MileFilms@aol.com
Tue, 10 Aug 2004 13:00:32 EDT

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Ah, so this is what Jessica was ranting to me about this morning! Damn, I
agree with her 100% once again and only sorry that the Mets couldn't help her out
this past weekend. And here's ten top reasons why Jed is wrong -- and I'm
being a gentleman here. J, let's see if Shecky can get it on Letterman tonight.
;-)

1) It's ridiculous to claim first sale doctrine WHEN YOU HAVEN'T BOUGHT THE
DAMN THING.
2) Preview copies are meant just that way -- they're for preview. Not for any
other use. If the studios wanted free advertising as suggested, they'd send
DVDs to every person and library in the country and avoid that messy profit and
loss thing. Maybe I should have taken that Lexus home that I test drove
yesterday -- neighbors will like it and buy one! (Note to those who don't know me
-- I didn't ACTUALLY test-drive a Lexus yesterday -- I'm still driving my 1994
Saturn...)
3) I strongly resent the concept that corporations are meant to be ripped off
and it's morally justified. It's a blanket license to steal -- and frankly,
there are companies on the listserv that can't afford such theft. If Jed thinks
this is a good idea, I suggest he keeps his front door unlocked and welcome
all comers. After all, someone might like his television set and actually buy
one...
4) Libraries are supposed to support the arts. Whether you purchase
Terminator 3 or I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING, it encourages more DVDs like that. (So PLEASE,
buy the latter!)
5-10) As a consumer, a distributor and a DVD Awards judge who gets 100s of
previews (I store them after I'm done with them), I still find what was suggested
legally, morally, ethically, subjectively and objectively WRONG!

I know that the library is just asking a simple question and this is not
directed at that person. I don't think that if given a book by a publisher because
they thought that librarian would like a preview that it would actually end
up on a shelf. Maybe I'm starting to rant because I'm actually listening to our
new score for "The Wrath of the Gods" and it's inspiring me to feel petulant.

Frankly, I would ask Gary (and I'm so sorry to say this!) to consider having
this listserv moderated. There are too many things that are advised here that
can get people arrested or fired.

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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