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.
At 12:52 PM 9/22/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>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
>( who still does not own a DVD player but has a satellite dish to get Cub
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>From: "Brewer, Michael" <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).
>Slavic Studies, German Studies & Media Arts Librarian
>University of Arizona Library A210
>1510 E. University
>P.O. Box 210055
>Tucson, AZ 85721
>From: Mary Seligman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 5:22 AM
>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?
>Library Media Specialist
>Paul D. Schreiber High School
>Port Washington, NY 11050
Media Resources Center
"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
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