[Videolib] Public performance rights question

Griest, Bryan (BGriest@ci.glendale.ca.us)
Tue, 21 Sep 2004 12:35:28 -0700

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"we can pass legislation requiring their compliance." Who was it the other
day who was worried about a totalitarian state?

Bryan: Not me. ; )

Also, Bryan, I DON'T believe the claim was ever that archives *can't* do
this kind of work nor that they *should* remain not properly funded; it's
more that they *are* not properly funded. I would love to know how you
envision these funds being procured? In a time when the current
administration feels the need to divert $3billion+ from Iraqi infrastructure
rebuilding to shoring up security there [apparently we can't afford to do
both], in a time when federally-mandated No Child Left Behind is underfunded
by $9.5 - $32 billion [depending upon whose study you look at], in a time
when many state budgets are in the red, how can we expect there to be an
outpouring of support for funding archives & film preservation via the
public sector?

This is the kind of discussion that needs to be raised; not by us in this
small, small corner of the ether, but in the larger community we live in. We
librarians and archivists are charged with raising the awareness of our
populace to the benefits (and costs, to be sure) of preservation. Just think
how far to this end that $3 billion would have gone in the hands of the LoC
. . .

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