[Videolib] Public performance rights question

Griest, Bryan (BGriest@ci.glendale.ca.us)
Mon, 20 Sep 2004 11:00:31 -0700

Susan now:
But what does it matter? It's the way copyright law is written, period.
Whether an individual thinks it's right that the heirs (or coporate
cronies) of an artist deserve the profit is a moot point. I mean, you can
always lobby the legislature to revise the copyright laws, but this is
just life.

Susan Albrecht

Well, sure, if you want to be fatalistic about it, of course we don't have
to do anything and we can simply accept things the way they are. I would
argue that that stance is how this law got the way it is, though. Aren't we
as librarians supposed to be activists in these intellectual pursuits and
try to effect change to our (and, more to the point, our patrons') benefit?