[Videolib] Re: promotional copies

Threatt, Monique L (mthreatt@indiana.edu)
Mon, 16 Aug 2004 16:06:32 -0500

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Not bad Randy. Does that include the cost of the video or DVD?
So far I have been lucky to keep titles that I do review, and I am
allowed to add them to our media collection. Writing a review for any
type of media format is hard work, and I think it's wrong for even
independents to ask people like Gary to pay a discounted price to keep
Ok, enough of the soap box from this person.

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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Randy Pitman
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 2:57 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Re: promotional copies
Actually, since my name came up, I should clarify that "Video
Librarian" pays reviewers in the "low two figures," but I'm told that
that is two figures more than many library journals pay reviewers :)
Randy Pitman
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
Tel: (800) 692-2270; Fax: (360) 830-9346
Email: vidlib@videolibrarian.com
Web: www.videolibrarian.com

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From: Jessica Rosner <mailto:jrosner@kino.com> =20
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu=20
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Re: promotional copies

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"
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

Are you saying that educational documentary
review copies, unless otherwise noted, can or cannot be placed in an
institution's collection? =20
Monetary compensation huh? Maybe I'm reviewing
for the wrong people.--Monique

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[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
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
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
<http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC> ****
"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the
great mother of us."

--Ted Berrigan=20

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