RE: [Videolib] Showing parts of a film

Jed Horovitz (
Fri, 4 Feb 2005 09:23:50 -0500

I disagree. I COULD be legal if he is 'recontextualizing' the
in doing a news report. There is nothing that says Fair Use for news is
limited to brand names or wide distribution. Public Performance rights
aren't needed if it is a Fair Use and the amount used is only one of the
factors in determining Fair Use. If your colleague does some research and
documents why he/she thinks this is a Fair Use, then if there is an
objection it will most likely end with an exchange of letters and agreement
to stop...if he/she wants to give in. As always, advice from a
knowledgeable lawyer would be best.

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Gary Handman
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 8:56 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Showing parts of a film

No. Not legal. He's showing this to a public group--you need performance
rights, regardless of the amount you show. Would I do
it...? probably. Let's face it, the copyright cops have bigger fish to
fry. I'd be much more concerned if your colleague were gonna show the
whole thing.


At 02:52 PM 2/3/2005 -0800, you wrote:
>Pardon me if this question is just a rehash of a similar topic that has
>recently been batted around, but I am asking for a colleague who is not a
>member of the list, so I was hoping for an answer for this specific
>situation re: public performance rights.
>Our young adult librarian is having an anime program in a couple of weeks,
>and wondered if he is within legal copyright bounds by planning to show
>10-minute clips from some of our library's DVD and VHS anime collection.
>His program will be open to the (teen) public, and there will be other
>activities taking place around the anime and manga theme.
>Any comments (on- or off-list) to me are appreciated.
>Shauna Redmond
>Pasadena Public Library
>Videolib mailing list

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


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