[Videolib] Direct Cinema -- Home Video

Brewer, Michael (brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu)
Tue, 7 Sep 2004 13:45:04 -0700


I have had this same problem with our ordering department. They were (and I
think continue) to order the public performance rights (or the "educational
performance rights") for videos if they are available. My problem with this
is 1) it is unnecessary (as others have noted) and 2) even when we do
purchase the public performance rights, we do not keep track of for which
videos we own them and for which we don't. In the event that we wanted to
have a public performance of something we own (or a professor wanted to show
something as part of a film festival or other showing that was not
exclusively part of a course) we would have no easy way of knowing if we
actually owned the rights or not.

Has anyone tackled this issue? I asked our tech services people to look
into how we could make a note in the record somehow to indicate if we owned
the rights, but they have not responded.


Michael Brewer
German & Slavic Studies and Media Arts Librarian
University of Arizona Library, A210
1510 E. University
P.O. Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Fax 520.621.9733
Voice 520.307.2771

-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Shufeldt [mailto:pashuf@charter.net]
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 12:14 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Direct Cinema -- Home Video

Path of least resistance is to order their films for the public
library from another supplier who doesn't balk at selling without the
unneeded public performance rights. My public library has purchased
some of this company's films through Midwest Tapes. Amazon.com also
carries a number of them.

While this doesn't deal directly with the issue of the company's
refusal to sell to the public library at home video prices, it does
get around making personal purchases of copies intended for the

Pat Shufeldt
Greenville, SC

"Jaeschke, Myles" wrote:

> 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.
> 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.
> End of rant.
> Best,
> Myles
> Myles Jaeschke
> Tulsa City County Library
> Film Librarian

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