[Videolib] Public performance rights question

Barbara Rhodes, Media Consultant, Northeast Texas (medialibrarybird@earthlink.net)
Thu, 16 Sep 2004 10:55:36 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

I suspect I know the answer to this question, but I told the librarian who asked me that I would submit it to the combined copyright expertise on this list for additional feedback. The public library in question has a patron who has offered to show 16mm film "classics" from his personal collection at the library and conduct a film discussion group. The librarian does not know what the exact origins of this collection are and has no idea if any public performance copyright fees were paid on the material. She and I both think that the collector has bought these from a variety of sources over time and therefore, probably has no specific PPR permissions. On the other hand, the materials are in 16mm, a presentation format, so once upon a time the titles may well have had PPR attached.

My first reaction was to advise her against using the films in the library meeting room--what do you folks think?

Thanks for you counsel.

Barbara Rhodes
Media Consultant
Northeast Texas Library System