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I think it will MANY years possibly decades before VHS would reasonably
an obsolete format in terms of availability of players for now the fact
that tens of thousands of titles have not /will not make it to DVD is just
an inconvenience. Based on Dennis & Gary's assessment DVD may no longer be
the dominant format by the time VHS would even be considered obsolete.
( who still does not own a DVD player but has a satellite dish to get Cub
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From: "Brewer, Michael" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Reply-To: email@example.com Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 08:59:32 -0700 To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com> Subject: RE: [Videolib] Basta!
If a film is not available for sale on newer format and the player needed is no longer available at a "reasonable price," then one can transfer the film to a new medium. This, however, would not be currently possible for those films on DVD that have piracy protection software on them, were that technology to suddenly become obsolete, and players become unavailable, as it is illegal to circumvent this software except for a very few reasons stated by the Librarian of Congress. Of course, this could change (and hopefully it will change so that it becomes legal to circumvent these software controls in order to use portions of these films as allowed under the TEACH act or fair use, which currently do not seem to be provided for).
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firstname.lastname@example.org -----Original Message----- From: Mary Seligman [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 5:22 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [Videolib] Basta!
Gary raises an important issue. I am a librarian in a high school. We have a centralized audio/visual department that's part of our library. Currently, we have 3,000 items in VHS format. Many of these items are shown daily. What happens when VHS is gone -- either replacement players of replacement tapes? Mary Seligman Library Media Specialist Paul D. Schreiber High School Port Washington, NY 11050
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