[Videolib] Basta!

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Wed, 22 Sep 2004 12:13:19 -0700

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...not an inconvenience, Jessica--a cultural catastrophe. We're a culture
which allows the marketplace to determine survival or death of cultural
capital...or, even worse, the nature of cultural capital itself.

As far as DVD goes, it may be that many independent producers of
non-fiction film make the leap to the new format before the fall of
VHS. Nonetheless, there are going to be large chunks of our collection
which never cross-over. An interesting phenomenon--those of us who have
thought of ourselves as curating largely commercial collections are
increasingly forced to become archivists as well.

gary

At 12:52 PM 9/22/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>I think it will MANY years possibly decades before VHS would reasonably
>considered
>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.
>
>
>Jessica
>( who still does not own a DVD player but has a satellite dish to get Cub
>games)
>
>--
>Jessica Rosner
>Kino International
>333 W 39th St. 503
>NY NY 10018
>jrosner@kino.com
>212-629-6880
>
>From: "Brewer, Michael" <brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu>
>Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 08:59:32 -0700
>To: "'videolib@library.berkeley.edu'" <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
>Subject: RE: [Videolib] Basta!
>
>
>Mary,
>
>
>
>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).
>
>
>
>mb
>
>
>Michael Brewer
>
>Slavic Studies, German Studies & Media Arts Librarian
>
>University of Arizona Library A210
>
>1510 E. University
>
>P.O. Box 210055
>
>Tucson, AZ 85721
>
>Voice: 520.307.2771
>
>Fax: 520.621.9733
>
>brewerm@u.library.arizona.edu
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Mary Seligman [mailto:mseligman@portnet.k12.ny.us]
>Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 5:22 AM
>To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>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
>

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

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"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
--Ted Berrigan
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