[Videolib] Direct Cinema -- Home Video

Jaeschke, Myles (mjaesch@tulsalibrary.org)
Tue, 7 Sep 2004 13:07:03 -0500

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Hello all,

Recently I submitted an order for some titles from Direct Cinema that =
they offer as home videos. I received back a letter that says

"We are retuning the following purchase orders for incorrect pricing. =
On them, you have listed home video prices that do not have Public =
Performance Licensing for use in educational institutions. U.S. =
Copyright laws require that public libraries provide this licensing as =
your materials are available for use by schools, universities and other =
organizations."

To me this second sentence is just plain wrong. =20

I called them and had a few words with the person that answered. Later =
I said that I will personally purchase these (home video only) and then =
"donate" them. She told me that would be unethical.

I say tiered pricing is unethical, for universities, PL, or otherwise.=20

End of rant.

Best,
Myles=20

Myles Jaeschke
Tulsa City County Library
Film Librarian =20

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