[Videolib] Re: promotional copies

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Mon, 16 Aug 2004 15:30:59 -0400

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I always liked Calvin Trillin's remark that The Nation paid him
in the "high two figures" for his columns

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

From: "Threatt, Monique L" <mthreatt@indiana.edu> Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 13:37:07 -0500 To: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> Subject: RE: [Videolib] Re: promotional copies

Gary, 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 people.--Monique -----Original Message----- 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 happens...

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 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 <http://www.milestonefilms.com/> Gary Handman Director Media Resources Center Moffitt Library UC Berkeley ghandman@library.berkeley.edu http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

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