[Videolib] Question on Site license agreement - ABC News video

Jed Horovitz (JedH@internetvideoarchive.com)
Fri, 17 Sep 2004 12:41:31 -0400

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Thanks. Your attitude that works are not fungible in any way is perfect
proof that copyright is a monopoly and should be thus regulated.

On a practicle level (and at a university where you are supporting
professors and researchers) I am sure there are situations where items are
not fungible BUT for the librarian building a collection (as opposed to
filling a request) the option is always there. Not everybody has the same
constraints and for those who don't the only thing that a large corporation
understands is when you vote with your $$$.

[Jed Horovitz]
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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu]On Behalf Of Gary Handman
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 11:31 AM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Question on Site license agreement - ABC News video

Jed! this is simply not helpful. Buying something from "another more
reasonable company" is in most cases not an option. Effective collection
building in libraries entails acquiring specific materials to meet both
specific and general user needs. Those specific materials are very often
distributed by specific vendors (i.e. vendors that have the exclusive rights
to distribute the particular work). It's all good and well to rage against
IP indignities, but for working librarians, getting on with business means
dealing within the current requirements of copyright and licensing. I'm all
for an idealistic going to the battlements in favor of broad IP rights for
libraries; I'm in favor of pushing copyright envelopes, as well. On the
other hand, if I need an ABC title, I'm damn well gonna do what it takes to
score it for my clients.


At 09:21 AM 9/17/2004 -0400, you wrote:

ABC is part of Disney empire. They are historically at the front of
expanding IP rights at the expense of society, consumers, future creators,
current competitors, you name it. Others follow by necessity. Please
resist and buy something from another more reasonable company. Jed

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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu]On Behalf Of Brigid Duffy

Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 5:32 PM

To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu

Subject: Re: [Videolib] Question on Site license agreement - ABC News

I have run into this before with ABC News. Returned a tape to them
once, because of this.

Many ABC News shows are also sold by Films for the Humanities &
Sciences (http://www.films.com) which does NOT make purchasers sign this

Incidentally, we have had a purchase order hanging with ABC for many
months because they will not ship until the order is complete. I've limited
myself to calling once a month on this order; the last two times the person
at ABC said they would get back to me the same day on when I could expect
fulfillment. My next call is scheduled for October 5 ...

Brigid Duffy

Audio Visual/ITV Center

San Francisco State University

San Francisco CA 94132-4200

E-mail: bduffy@sfsu.edu

On Thursday, September 16, 2004, at 11:38 AM, Karen Harrison wrote:

<?fontfamily><?param Arial><?smaller>Been lurking awhile on this list
and enjoying the variety of posts. Just cataloging a new video today
published by ABC News which included a full page Site license agreement
indicating that the agreement expires on08/30/2006! And on or before that
date we should send $25 to renew the agreement. Never seen a video license
agreement like this before. Is this common? If so, do other libraries with
videos keep track of these expirations and cough up the money to renew them?
The other parts of the agreement look pretty standard, i.e.- can’t copy the
video, or charge for viewing the video, etc..<?/smaller><?/fontfamily>

<?fontfamily><?param Times New Roman><?smaller>Karen Harrison

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Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
--Ted Berrigan

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