I've been curious about an issue somewhat related to this whole
discussion. The "issue" that seems to cause the most angst, seems to be
the idea that there are "time-limited" rights, vs rights in perpetuity.
My opinion (the value of which wouldn't get ya a cup of coffee), is that
"time-limited" rights are absolutely loathsome, but.....
Is there ANY place in the current text/definition of Copyright
legislation, that spells out the legalities, or permissions, or
responsibilities, or differences between, etc, etc, etc, "time-limited"
rights, vs. "rights in perpetuity". WHY should someone need to
"re-purchase" a right? Is it a mutually negotiated/contracted civil
"deal", or is there actual legislation that spells out that the rights
CAN be limited?
Please excuse my lack of deep knowledge of the Copyright Act. I'm not in
the same "trenches" as many of you. I do know that in the current K-12
media market, there are many digital offers, that come with a "time
limit". I can tell you that, as long as I am making the purchase
decisions, OUR LIBRARY WILL NOT PURCHASE (vendors take note) A TIME
LIMITED PRODUCT! It's perpetuity or nothing. Heck, we don't even have
the resources to track what's in perpetuity and what is "time limited".
For those of you who are working to make changes, maybe this should be
the direction to aim your solicitors.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Eileen
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Eyes on the Prize
I think it was mentioned on this list, but there was an article in Wired
in December, 2004 about the problems we rereleasing Eyes on the Prize.
It is not just one scene in the series. To quote the article: "
Filmmakers must pay for the rights to use every song, photograph or
video clip included in the film." Also in the article it states: " it
will cost nearly $500,000 to clear rights. Forman hopes to get the
series back on television by 2006." If you have not seen the article,
it is at:
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