[Videolib] Re: promotional copies

Threatt, Monique L (mthreatt@indiana.edu)
Mon, 16 Aug 2004 13:37:07 -0500

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Are you saying that educational documentary review copies, unless
otherwise noted, can or cannot be placed in an institution's collection?

Monetary compensation huh? Maybe I'm reviewing for the wrong

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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Gary Handman
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 12:22 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Re: promotional copies
You see, I step out of the office for four days and look what
I feel your pain, Dennis...and I agree that there's a danger in
having, uh, mis- and dis- information flung around. Nonetheless, I balk
at swinging over to formal moderation. I figure there are enough cool
and sage heads on the list to temper abovementioned weirdness.
That said: I agree with your take (and JR;s) on sticking promo
and screener copies in the collection... The thing that miffs me a bit,
frankly is being lambasted for sticking review copies in the collection
for which actual journal reviews have been written. For example: For a
long while I wrote reviews for Randy Pitman (I'm taking a sabbatical at
the mo). I usually received the screener as compensation. Now, these
reviews took a fair amount of time to write and, let's face it, Randy
(and others) pay little more than popcorn money for the effort. My
rationale for doing some of this work on company time was always that it
ultimately contributed stuff to the collection. Increasingly, however,
I'd get calls from distributors harpooning me for "donating" my personal
copy to the library. I know times are tough, but let's face it,
distributors benefit from the publicity that reviews afford, too.
OK. End of rant.
At 01:00 PM 8/10/2004 -0400, you wrote:

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
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!=20
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

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
--Ted Berrigan=20

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