Fortunately, most librarians know well the chain of command, and the fact
that one of the primary functions of distribution is to return the cost of
making the films to the filmmaker. This is important to a studio, but it is
critical to an independent - and here is where the abuse of screeners, if
any, really hurts both the artist and the art form.
Facets Multi-Media, Inc.
1517 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614 USA
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jessica Rosner
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Re: promotional copies
Ok I KNOW I should let this drop but I am truly shocked that people who
should know better think it is fine to take screeners sent by companies to
critics and put them in library collections. How many declaimers is a
company supposed to put on to make it clear that these are for personal use
? Has any library got "proof" copies of books on it's shelves ?If in fact
the question which started this were for Emmy consideration these are
generally individual episodes sent out exclusively for this purpose and
bear little or not relation to the commercial versions later sold.
Companies like Kino frequently send out screeners of films just showing in
theatres and may not be on video for a year. Companies have enough trouble
with pirate videos, bootleg imports etc, the idea that critics or whoever
would think it was OK do donate screeners and that libraries would think it
is OK to use them in a collection is truly beyond me. While there are
clearly contract issues involved, it is more than anything a staggering
violation of trust.
Virtually every librarian I know politely rejects these offers and I know
the list has come to the same conclusion in the past so I will leave it
PS You might get a second copy of this because due to my confusion
with Ryan's name being first it hit the UCB censor and I could not figure
-- Jessica Rosner Kino International 333 W 39th St. 503 NY NY 10018 firstname.lastname@example.org 212-629-6880
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