[Videolib] Public performance rights question

Pam Bruce (pbruce@carleton.edu)
Tue, 21 Sep 2004 15:52:31 -0500

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Rather than go on and on and on and now turn it political on this
list, why don't one of you just call the other one on the phone and
argue it?

>"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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