[Videolib] Public performance rights question

jed horovitz (jedh@internetvideoarchive.com)
Tue, 21 Sep 2004 18:26:40 -0400

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and it has: Lawsuit Seeks More Public Domain Works for Internet Archive

San Francisco -- An Internet archivist and film collector have filed a
lawsuit hoping to change copyright laws so that "orphaned" copyrighted
works, or works that are out of print and not commercially viable but
still protected by copyright, would be moved to the "public domain,"
where they could be used freely, Wired News reported. Internet Archive
founder Brewster Kahle and film collector Rick Prelinger filed the suit
-- Kahle v. Ashcroft -- in March; since then the government has filed a
motion to dismiss, and the plaintiffs an opposition to that motion. The
plaintiffs want to digitize orphaned copyright works such as films to
add to a free online library. "Because of the indiscriminate nature of
copyright today, the burden of copyright regulation extends to work
whether or not the original author has any need for continuing
protection," the Kahle lawsuit reads. "That unnecessary burden blocks
the cultivation of our culture and the spread of knowledge." The U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of California will hear
arguments on Oct. 29.
http://www.archive.org <http://www.archive.org/>

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From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Griest,
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 3:35 PM
To: 'videolib@library.berkeley.edu'
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Public performance rights question

"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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